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Iron Sides 2 hole portable sheller project


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Old 12-06-2016, 01:29:38 PM
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Wow!! I hadn't looked at this thread because it was "2 hole portable sheller", and I've seen a lot of those, but what you've got is a huge, magnificent piece of machinery- not at all what I imagined! I didn't expect this at all; thanks for posting the great pix of your progress!

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Thank you, Camera work isnt my thing but I try.
This piece is a by-pass chute of sorts. It goes under the ear elevator and what ever corn is shelled prior to the sheller drops on it and to the ground. Doesn't make sense to me but that's how it was made. It was mostly just dried out and loosey goosey so I clamped it together and added screws. The legs were rotted as is the mount for the ear conveyor thus new parts are being made.




And mounted on the sheller to check fit. The feed elevator mounts to the legs above this chute, it is next to be repaired and will be a big project.

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The feeder, what a mess! I have been debating what to do with it for weeks. Doesnt look so bad in pictures but besides weather rot it has beetle damage and to top it off it has a big twist from hanging on one leg for ?? years.






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Made a decision,I am building it all new Found a nice old nail free plank in the haymow and ran it through the planer for the sides . Not sure what kind of wood it is but sure is purdy. The narrower Oak pieces are for the bottom.

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While I was up top measuring things I got the greasers all working. Luckily they are all almost full of the old type hard grease.
Surely this has been asked elsewhere but is there a source for that hard cup grease? I have an Appleton corn shredder to go through after this sheller and it has a 5 gallon bucket full,,, well almost ,,, of cup greasers on it.
When I was a kid we had one machine on the farm that had grease cups and dad had and old ESSO tin of cup grease and I remember him saying you couldn't get it any more,,,, 50 years ago.
Use a paraffin or oil based general purpose grease. If you use a soap based grease it will mix with the oil based grease already there and cause a caustic reaction.
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Thank you, I was somewhat aware of the grease differences but did not know that mixing them was a no-no. I wonder how stiff that cup grease was originally? I remember filling grease cups from Dad's stash with a slim putty knife and that it was stiffer than gun grease.
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I'm not really sure how viscous, that's what we just use on the steam engines. I'm sure what ever we have now is better than 100 years ago. We have pails of railroad grease very thick!! Don't really have a use so were saving it.
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More work on the feeder,
Assembly, actually this was attempt #2 after I nailed and glued the bottom pieces to the wrong edge of the sides

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An attempt at making the new parts blend with the rest of the sheller. Chalk paint from the craft store and a rag and wipe it back and forth a bit is step #1. Color is too bright but we will be working at that later. The ladies at Pat Catan will be glad to demonstrate how to preform what they call "antiquing" If they are not near you I think that Lowes now sells similar stuff.



---------- Post added at 08:57:26 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:50:29 AM ----------

Added the drive and idlers. I am just copying parts and measurements from the old feeder and putting them together. Next will be flipping it over and adding the wings and hopper. The wood is all White Oak here except the tapered sides which are?? One visitor at the shop said Cherry, I dunno? I am not a woodspert.

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I have finished by painting a light coat of paint then sanding some of the paint back off. Scuffing the rest of the paint. Then use a regular wood stain like cherry or dark oak and wipe it off. You can then play with paint and stain to get it to look the way you want.
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