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Automatic walnut cracker?

peanut shellerJock Brandis has turned his inventive mind from being a Key Grip on B grade movies like the sci-fi comedy Normanicus to helping poor folks discover a more efficient method of shelling peanuts and other material.

The design is simple and solid and can be built for around 50 bucks. The bulk of the invention is two concrete cones, which can be formed with a set of fiberglass molds that Jock's North Carolina company provides. The latest incarnation uses pedal power to get the grinding done while producing a fan effect that helps to separate the shells from the nut.

Someday I'd like to build one of these and try to adapt it for the heavy walnuts that drop from the trees around here.

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This looks pretty cool. They sell something similar at Quillen Hardware in Gate City, but they wanted $75.00, which was way too much for me. Maybe I'll give this design a shot...
Comment by Shawn B. Sat May 2 09:56:17 2009
Does the one at Quillen Hardware crack walnuts or just softer shelled nuts? Please let us know if you come up with a viable automatic nutcracker --- I love nuts, but I'm too lazy to crack them....
Comment by anna Sat May 2 11:49:08 2009

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