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    Mihai
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    Dear Paul , Joseph ,
    Friends,

    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,
    mgr
    PS. The little pine – behind the scene – is plastic , but in the glass , it’s not water.
    Watch your fingers.

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    str8tedge
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    Mihai,

    That is one large nut cracker and it looks as though it does the job as intended. Thanks for posting it and Merry Christmas.

    Joe B.

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    Mihai
    Participant

    Thank you , Joe B , for your comment.
    Your wish goes to us all.
    Mihai

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    Mark Armstrong
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    What a great Idea.
    That will always make a good Christmas present. 😉

    Dagenham, Essex, England

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