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Old-fashioned Bean and Pea Shellers

By Terry Lea (TerryJuly 24, 2010
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On Saturdays, we like to mix things up with something a little out-of-the-ordinary. This week's spotlight is on garden tools, and we're starting out with a unique tool that is a throwback to an earlier era. You've probably seen apple and potato peelers, cherry pit and strawberry cap removers. But unless you live in the southern U.S., you may have not seen a bean or pea sheller. Read on to learn more...

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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
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 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


  About Terry Lea  
Terry LeaTerry Lea has been with Dave's Garden since January 2001. She is the managing editor and an avid gardener on her property in middle Tennessee. Follow her on Google

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Discussion about this article:
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picture of sheller??? macnuttian 1 25 Jul 27, 2010 6:34 PM
directions? jazzy1okc 1 21 Jul 27, 2010 4:52 AM
Pea Sheller BartCanada 0 28 Jul 26, 2010 9:04 AM
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