Several years ago, Bud generously shared his detailed plans for a bean sheller. These plans draw in numerous visitors to Dave's Garden, and today we say "thank you!" to Bud for sharing them with us and so many gardeners around the world. If you've never had purple-stained fingers from hand-shelling purple-hull or black-eyed peas, a sheller might not seem like an important tool, but to those who harvest and hull a lot of field peas, you'll appreciate the convenience of a sheller. If you have a sheller, or have memories of hulling field peas and dried beans, please share your stories in the comments section below!

peas in basketOne of the comments we hear frequently about these plans is that the measurements are a little hard to read from the scanned images, so we've re-typed them here to make it easier to read them. Here is the bill of materials from page 1.

Items needed
For... 2 ea. 3/4" x 30 3/4" x 41 1/2" plywood sides of box 2 ea. 3/4" x 24" diameter plywood ends of drum 2 ea. 3/4" x 8" diameter plywood ends of drum
1 ea. 1/2" x 42" x 41 1/2" plywood back of box
1 ea. 1/2' x 42" x 40" plywood front of box
1 ea. 1/4" x 35" x 31" plywood tray bottom
4 ea. 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 34 1/2" wood drum frame
2 ea. 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 32 9/32" wood deflector support
1 ea. 1 1/2" x 3" x 17" wood pulley mounting bracket
4 ea. 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 48" wood legs 1 ea. 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 37 1/2" wood deflector support
2 ea. 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 12 13/16" wood deflector supports
2 ea. 1" x 7 1/2" x 24" wood to cut out end rails of drum
1 ea. 1" x 5 1/4" x 6" wood pulley mounting bracket 2 ea. 3/4" x 3" x 34 1/2" wood tray sides
2 ea. 3/4" x 3" x 32" wood tray sides
1 ea. 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 37 1/2" wood box & deflector support
4 ea. 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 36" wood sides of drum
2 ea. 3/4" x 1" x 36" wood drum door
3 ea. 34" x 16 3/4" 22-gauge galvanized metal drum panels
1 ea. 26" x 14 7/8" 22-gauge galvanized metal drum door panels
1 ea. 2" x 6" 26-gauge galvanized metal delector screen edging 2 ea. 2" x 11" 26-gauge galvanized metal deflector screen edging
1 ea. 34" x 78" hardware cloth with 1/2" mesh drum 1 ea. 22 1/8" x 40 1/2" hardware cloth with 1/4" mesh deflector screen
1 ea. 3/4" diameter x 51" cold rolled steel rod drum shaft
2 ea. 3/4" diameter x 5 1/4" cold rolled steel rod pulley shaft and motor mount
1 ea. 3/16" x 1 1/2" x 13" flat bar drum paddles
1 ea. 3/16" x 1 1/2" x 1 3/4" flat bar drum paddles
2 ea. 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 3/16" x 5 1/4" angle iron motor mount
1 ea. 1" x 1" x 1/4" x 5" angle iron motor mount
3 ea. 12" diameter V-belt pulley 2 ea. 3" diameter V-belt pulley 1 ea. 2" diameter V-belt pulley mounted to electric motor
4 ea. 3/4" sealed ball-bearing pillow block box & drum
3 ea. 3/4" standard mount sealed ball bearing pillow block pulley mount
6 ea. 3/4" locking collar drum & pulley mount
5 ea. 1" x 3" butt hinges box access doors
7 ea. 3/4" U-bolt, 1/4" diameter paddle mounts
14 ea. 1/4" nut & lock washers paddle mounts
1 ea. 115 vac electric motor 1725 RPM 1/2 sheet 20-gauge galvanized metal for pulley shroud