Introduction: Wooden Can Crusher
This is a fun project you can make in an afternoon with just scrap wood and the right tools. I used Cherry and Sapele mainly.
You will need the appropriate amount of wood, three bolts with washers and nuts, and something to crush. Drink up!
Overall the little crusher does a good job, and was super easy to build.
Scrap wood, nuts, bolts, and washers
Step 1: Cut Out Pieces From Wood and PVC
Here are the pieces you will need to cut out.
I used a router circle jig to cut the crusher head. It does not have to be perfect, nor round.
For the can holder, I used a piece of PVC pipe that was just large enough for a can. You can use a coping saw, or hack saw to cut the PVC.
Step 2: Attach the Can Holder to the Base
If you are using a router circle jig to cut the crusher head, use the same settings on the jig to cut the indention for the can holder. I used E6000 adhesive to hold it in place, though it was very snug to begin with.
Step 3: Assemble the Pieces, and Dry Fit Together
Since I made this without a pattern, I had to do a lot of adjusting on the fly to figure out the length to make the crushing arms, the handle, and where to drill all of the holes. You can get a good idea of where the holes need to be by looking at my pictures.
Step 4: Finished Project
The Can Crusher in Action
Participated in the
Make it Move Contest 2020