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Contraption Makes Cracking Nuts Fun
With odds and ends parts, Art Freymiller built a nutcracker that means business. It's a tasty source of entertainment at his Woodman, Wis., home where guests marvel at how easy his contraption works.
  "It started out from a box of junk," Freymiller laughs. The base is 3-in. scrap iron, supported on 2 by 4-in. basswood legs. He rigged 1/2-in. sq. tubing, a grain binder bundle carrier tooth and a piece of a side rake axle to crack a nut against a 1 by 2-in. fine thread bolt.
  "It's cam action. The handle moves 200 degrees," Freymiller says. "When you're cracking the nut it's not quite perpendicular. You turn the bolt to adjust it to just touch the nut. It doesn't take much movement to crack a nut."
  Because it's adjustable, it cracks everything from peanuts to black walnuts and Brazil nuts, without mashing the nutmeats inside.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Art Freymiller, 15161 Town Hall Rd., Woodman, Wis. 53827 (ph 608 533-3506).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4