Wooden Can Crusher

10,683

131

8

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.

Supplies

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

Make it Move Contest 2020

Participated in the
Make it Move Contest 2020

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Soup & Stew Speed Challenge

      Soup & Stew Speed Challenge
    • Make it Move Challenge

      Make it Move Challenge
    • Metal Contest

      Metal Contest

    8 Comments

    0
    goldenshuttle
    goldenshuttle

    1 year ago

    Everyone should make one, press all cans and send them to recycle ctrs. Good project thumbs up.

    0
    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    1 year ago

    This is quite similar to the Cheese Press I made!

    0
    fatherperson
    fatherperson

    1 year ago

    Sweet... gotta make one.... just a hint, squeeze a dent in the can before crushing. It will put less stress on the crusher at the start.

    0
    gcai_fwb
    gcai_fwb

    1 year ago

    very nice - I gotta build one for the garage

    0
    russm313
    russm313

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! :) It's been a while since I've made an instructable. Didn't realize how much I've missed it.

    0
    tercero
    tercero

    1 year ago

    Very nice.