Pecan cracker with debris collection

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Project by VintageFlatulence posted 11-04-2017 12:35 AM 1450 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lone pecan tree in my front yard has produced boat loads of pecans, and we have been busy collecting and cracking for the freezer. The other night I was helping my wife by cracking with the device I bought from Amazon. It works well, but when the nut cracks pieces shoot everywhere.

So today I created an enclosure to contain most of the wild firing of pecan debris, and added a port to the dust collector in my shop. The top is plexi-glass so I can see what I am doing. Easy to make from scrap on hand.

Works very well. Debris seldom shoots across the room and much of the stuff is pulled into the dust collector. It is two-state (you can see part of the separator) in the fourth image.

As you can see, I have a lot of work cut out for me and a front yard still full of pecans.

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#1 posted 11-04-2017 10:59 AM

... produced boat loads of pecans,...

- VintageFlatulence

Neat unit.

Being a gadget maniac, i love the mechanics…

FAIW... I have the boat to haul your pecans….

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 11-04-2017 04:38 PM

Cool collector. That is nice to have your own pecan tree. The are expensive to buy!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-04-2017 06:40 PM

That’s awesome. You should make a video to show it in action.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 11-06-2017 03:44 PM

I’ve got one of those pecan crakers(SP?) they work great. I wish our 2 pecan trees produced this year. There were very few, and what did produce was dry and shriveled up. 2 years ago they produced incredibly well. But never since.

-- Justin

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