Over the last few months, I’ve been on the lookout for shop projects to do with my kids. So consider this one a tip to get the kids building something. As you can see, the crusher is built out of Baltic birch plywood. It consists of a jaw, anvil, track, and a foot lever. The parts are all easily cut at the band saw, which is okay for a kid to do with a little supervision. The lever is connected to the jaw with aluminum bars and a pivot pin.
After the kids have assembled it, For the next few hours, the kids ran around the house looking for every can they could find to crush and put in the recycle bin. So, this is not only a tip to get the kids in the shop, but to also help you clean up and keep them occupied.
There’s a handful of parts here, so for additional drawings and dimensions, visit woodsmith.com/250.