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Step 1: Stone Crab
My wife and I both love Stone Crab Claws and when we winter in Florida we can’t get enough. Beautiful claws in mustard sauce. Because they are so hard and not easily cracked with a nutcracker, I use a little wooden mallet. Of course the shells go all over the place. I’m pretty good at it so I can get them flying 15’ in all directions and then comes the dirty looks cause we know who’ll be cleaning up. OK so maybe I can look for an alternative, and there it was, right on the Web, Stone crab crackers for 90 bucks and up. Are you serious?? No way??. So I decided to design and make my own.
Step 2: Material
First step was to go to my local welding shop and purchase approx 28” of 1” aluminum stock, then to the hardware and bought 3-- 3 ½ “ x 5/16” hex head bolts with those nylon lock nuts. Total cost so far 12 bucks. I already had a beautiful piece of ¾ inch oak and that was my base.
Step 3: Material Cut to Size
All pieces were cut to size
2 pieces 4 ½ “ long
1 piece 4" long
1 piece 3" long
1 piece at 12" long
Step 4: Pieces Drilled
Next came drilling all the holes, which was a little trickier than I thought, but I got them all done with only 1 hole in the wrong place.. Then the burrs were removed using my dremel tool.
Step 5: Dry Fit
Just prefitting it. Note the 2 deck screws countersunk on the top horizontal piece. They go through both pieces and are screwed into to the wood.
Step 6: Assembly
Assembly started with the 3” piece and 4” piece screwed together with 2 - 2 ½” deck screws and then screwed into the wood base; This is the anchor point for the whole cracker. Everything went together smoothly and with no problems. I ended up countersinking the 2 deck screws to keep cleanup easier.
Step 7: Completed
And here it is, a $90 cracker for $12. Unfortunately we didn’t have any claws to crack, but when we are in Florida this winter I’ll post a picture. I did steal my dog's bunny just for effect. Please note: No animal was hurt during this demonstration. I will refine it in the future will more accurate holes and a covering on the handle. OK got to Florida for the winter and picked up some claws, worked perfect.