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Iron Sides 2 hole portable sheller project


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Default Re: Iron Sides 2 hole portable sheller project

Thanks for the tips, I wiped a coat of dark walnut stain on it. It is actually darker and closer to what it needs to be than the picture shows.

The elevator is getting closer, both cosmetically and mechanically.
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This is the door that allows access to the chain adjusters. I thought the little castings that serve as corner braces and the latches were neat. Not sure why the expense? Maybe how they trained apprentices in the pattern shops??


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I hope this is remaining interesting, I do struggle with how much detail and how-to to include vs just showing basic progress.

This is the feed opening into the sheller. The top and bottom rollers with the flaps? direct the ears to the shelling chamber while the lower opening or chute is where some portion of the pre-shelled kernels drop and go on to the shelled corn elevator. The rest of the kernels that somehow travel back with the chain end up on the wood chute I repaired earlier and on the ground, or into a bucket


This casting attaches to the floor of the feed elevator at the top end and is the heart of the feeding process. The ears and shelled kernels travel on it towards the forked end. The drive sprocket is also between the forks and the chain passes through it. The kernels drop through at the fork and the little chute underneath directs them past the return side of the chain to the chute below. The ears travel on to the end and are guided into the shelling chamber.
This is the underside


And the top


Ok why all the detail you might ask? Because one of those castings is missing and the machine will not work with out it. If in my wildest dreams I thought that anyone else would ever need one I would have some cast. That not being the case I am going to fabricate one from steel. Found the 2x 1/2" channel at TSC which seems like a good starting point and scrounged around under the welding table for the remainder.
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Default Re: Iron Sides 2 hole portable sheller project

Nice project so far, can't wait to see it finished. Not to change subject but I have been looking at a grizzly planer like what was in your earlier post,how has that been working for you?
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I, for one, appreciate more detail as opposed to less. Lots of pictures, lots of discussion....right on! Plus, the added information could help someone else later on down the road. That thing is looking great! Be sure to post video of it running once all this hard work is over with!
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Hi,
I am a woodworker wannabe so take all I have to say with a grain of salt.
Before the Powermatic and Grizz machines I had a Dewalt planer and a Porter Cable jointer from the big box store and neither was up the work of 6-8 foot pieces of rough sawed Oak plunked on or in them plus the wood always has enough dirt and debri attached to make blade life pretty short. When I upgraded to the 15" Powermatic planer and 8" long bed Grizz jointer I also upgraded to the carbide inserted spiral cutter heads on both machines. As compared to what I had before both are Cadillacs. Neither machine required any tweaking to get the finished product to my admittedly soft standards. I will say that any amount of extra money spent for the upgrading the heads to spiral inserted carbide will be forgotten as soon as the first piece of wood hits the machine, they are really that good. Two complaints on them are the mobile base on the Grizz jointer is not even close to what Powermatic puts under their machines. Also both machines are 220 but came pre wired with 3 wire cords and I am like REALLY??? That all was removed and we now have 4 wires and a dedicated ground instead of relying on the neutral .
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I am quite a bit more comfortable with iron instead of wood but still spent a couple evenings on this .
Laying the first parts out for tacking


The basics


Quick jig for bending


First bends
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2nd bends


Some more welding


More welding, grind some, weld a bit more, then grind


Needed some small keystock for the corners of the trough, otherwise we are calling it done.

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Hung the feeder today. I added a hopper extension since we will be feeding it with a scoop shovel. The color on the new pieces is darkening as it ages. A little barn dust and a few bruises here and there it should look right at home?


The mount, I got to run the wood lathe a little bit


The original and fabbed feeder pieces, figured it would be easier to mount the feeder and then attach them where they need to be instead of measuring and crossing my fingers that they fit.


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thanks again for posting all this, certainly we are getting some ideas on how to do ours.
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thanks again for posting all this, certainly we are getting some ideas on how to do ours.
Paul, your sheller looks so nice in the pictures, but then again so did mine.
Did the powder post beetles also get into yours?
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Default Re: Iron Sides 2 hole portable sheller project

I don't think ours is nearly as bad. there are a couple of boards on the sheller itself that are bad, and the drag has a couple of issues. the cob stacker is is probably the worst condition. A lot of the same areas you are working on on yours are problems on ours. We need to get all the chains freed up as well and just get into it, its a project.
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Finishing up the feeder,
Chains and rails installed and also the cast iron divider. Glad I did this with the feeder mounted so as to get things correctly aligned.


Lots of guess work as to how some of the wood pieces looked and installed as there was little left to go by. This is what I came up with for the area between the chains.


And ditto for the sides


All laying in place. I think I will slot the center one so it snugs up to the cast iron divider at the top?
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few more feeder pictures and we are done
Flaps to prevent spillage out the rear


The guides nailed in


The under chute installed and the feeder is competed.

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Had to move the sheller around in the shop and greased the wheels so as to make that easier. A lesson from Dad from long ago came in handy. Right side wheels, right hand threads. Left side wheels, left had threads. The axle nuts were T-I-G-H-T!!!!
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On to the cob stacker which is in much better condition than the rest of the sheller due to some repairs already being done.

The back end rotted but hanging on due to 37 or so nails on each side.


New pieces cut and installed


Done with repairs and ready to apply color


Chauk paint applied. This came from Lowes and alll of it is custom mixed. Color is Ruby ?? I will look up the name and edit later.
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And a close up of the paint look. I use the cheap Harbor Freight chip brushes. You just have to practice for a couple minutes on an old board. If I can learn it is very easy. Stop before you think it is done and it will be about right is my only tip.


And after the paint dried I applied stain. This is 90% dark walnut and 10% (about) Ebony



And a close up after strain this look will blend nicely with the balance of the machine I think.
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What color/stain do you use?
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The paint is Valspar chalky finish and the color us ruby earlobes. The stain is minwax and is Dark Walnut with about 10% ebony added.
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I'm making a new shaker/sifter for the underside of a 2-hole hand cranked "Lightning" corn sheller and need to make the new wood somewhat match the rest of the machine. Your approach seems like a good one, so thanks for the tips. Looking really good!
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