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Simple Can Crusher
Crushing aluminum cans is quick and easy for Mike Steele, South Elgin, Ill., who made a heavy-duty, hand-operated can crusher out of treated scrap wood.
  “I just push down on a hinged handle to crush the can against a diamond steel plate. The compressed can falls through a slot at the back of a trough and down into a bucket,” says Steele.
  He started with a 3-ft. long 2 by 10 and cut out part of it to form the handle. The rest of the 2 by 10 is nailed to a 2 by 4. The 2 by 4 is hinged at the top and matches up with another 2 by 4 that’s lag screwed to his garage’s wall. The diamond steel plate is screwed to the bottom of the board, which has a small wooden trough nailed onto it at the bottom to hold the can.
  “It really works good – the long handle provides a lot of leverage which makes crushing the can an almost effortless job,” says Steele. “My son Colton helped me build it. It’s built a lot stronger than cheap, store-bought can crushers and should last a long time.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mike Steele, 529 North Dr., South Elgin, Ill. 60177 (ph 847 774-2979; mdicarpentry@att.net).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #4