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    Buch's Cornsheller Restoration

    Hi everyone

    Most of you who have read my posts know that I like to restore old antique cornshellers. I have done a couple of Hocking Valley shellers so when I was asked to do a restoration on a Buch's sheller I just couldn't resist. Very similar to a Hocking Valley but with a few distinct differences this was a fun project. The first challenge was identifying this as a Buch's sheller. Clue one was the use of a wire mesh chaff screen which was exclusive to a Buch's and also the rounded edge flywheel

    Wire Mesh Chaff Screen. Round Edge Flywheel
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    The woodwork was in pretty good shape for measuring purposes and is made from white oak for the frame and poplar for the box.

    Carcass with metal removed
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    Woodwork done
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    The paint job is probably the most time consuming part of the restoration. After trolling the web to find suitable photos of the Buch’s sheller to get the details, I then have to make the custom stencils. Each stencil is hand drawn, then cut out using an exacto knife. Once this is done then each stencil is placed on the spray painted parts of the sheller and using a foam brush the paint is applied . After the stencil is removed, I do any touch up and filling in with an artist brush until it looks good and uniform.
    Hand Cut stencils
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    Once all of the stenciling is done I do all of the pin-striping on the frame and begin assembly.

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    So here is the Buch’s Pennsylvania 3 cornsheller completely restored to working order and looking good.
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    A little piece of history brought back to life
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    That is REALLY nice work. Well done!
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    Don't know what it does but it sure looks good now.
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    Absolutely brilliant! Does this just take the husk right off of the corn, or does it take the kernels off the cob, too?
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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    Follow this link to see a cornsheller in operation. These are so much fun to restore!!!
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    Pretty neat and a very nice job on the restoration.

    A few years back I grew a bunch of indian and field corn just for the heck of it. After manually shelling a few bushels I can say that something like this would have been a huge improvement and a pretty big deal.

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    Great job, Mike. Those guys on that American Restoration TV show have got nothing on you.
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    Next time I see one at an auction, I am picking one up. Love the work you have done on that one.
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    Nice job Mike we used our to hull walnuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Caughron View Post
    Nice job Mike we used our to hull walnuts.
    They work for that?! I have lots of walnuts that I dread cracking.

    That is a very fine looking machine. Nice work. I bet it was fun.
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