Thank you , once again , for the two wonderfull visual gifts , for thinking at us , now.
It is a privilege for me to wish to all of you , a MERRY CHRISTMAS .
The Christmas card , made with my poor phone camera (for which I apologise ) is made with you in my thoughts ; small thing , but from all my heart.
This “ultimate” nut -cracker stetched -out from the need for a better control of breacking the nut -shells , in order to reduce the spread area of the scraps and to obtain a ‘kernel’ as intact as possible.
It is more an idea than a project , I think it will be a fun to make -it , to improve -it.
The fulcrum ratio is 3:17 , might be rised to 3:20 for an even better control.
The base is made of beech , the handle (it must be strong and rigid) is in oak. The anvill (interface) is a piece of pine , chiseled by the almost ten years of use.
In order to ensure the great resistance required by the cracking force , I enforced the end articulation with a band of iron (soft steel) ; not using metal will result in splitting the grain of the handle after 5…15 nuts , as it happened in my first attempt.
I can assure you , it works: it gather people you love around you , releases nice stories and good thoughts. Not to mention its usefullness.
With love and respect,
PS. The little pine – behind the scene – is plastic , but in the glass , it’s not water.
Watch your fingers.
Good point : a present that will last. Thank you , Mark.
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