Homemade Beer Can Crusher


Making a homemade beer-can crusher is a low-cost woodworking project that will provide years of benefit. Recycling beer cans is a way to accumulate a few dollars and keep the landfills free of aluminum that can be melted down and reused. But in locations where there is no aluminum-can recycling and deposit program, you have to accumulate a considerable volume of cans before making a trip to the recycling facility a money making venture. A homemade beer-can crusher will reduce the space needed to hold the cans while you are gathering them for recycling.

Step 1

Cut the 31-inch length board into two 15-1/2-inch by 4-3/4-inch lengths of 2-inch thick board with a table saw.

Step 2

Round the top edges of the boards with a router.

Step 3

Sand the boards with 120-grit sandpaper. Wipe the sanding dust off of the boards with a tack cloth.

Step 4

Stain the boards by applying a light coat of wood stain, with a paint brush, to all board surfaces and waiting five minutes before wiping the excess stain off the boards with a cloth. Allow the stain to dry for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Wipe the rounded top of one of the boards and the bottom of the other board with a damp cloth.

Step 6

Place a light coat of fast-drying household project glue along the top outer rim of two narrow-mouth canning jar lids. Press one into position centered on the top rounded edge 15-1/2-inch board and one centered on the non-rounded bottom of the other board. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes. One lid will be on a rounded edge top, and one will be on the flat-edge bottom.

Step 7

Place the board with the canning lid mounted on the rounded face down on your workbench, position the hinge centered and 1-inch from the 4-3/4-inch edge on the right side of the 15-1/2-inch length and screw one of the hinge screws through the screw opening on the hinge into the board.

Step 8

Position the other board with the canning lid mounted to the flat edge under the left-hand side of the hinge, with the canning lid facing down, and screw the other hinge screw through the pre-drilled screw hole into the board, 1 inch from the 4-3/4-inch length edge. When the assembled boards are flipped over, the two rounded edges are up and the canning lids touch.

Step 9

Attach a cabinet door handle, horizontally, to the face of the 4 3/4-inch length of the top board with a screw driver. It will aide in pulling the top board onto the bottom board to crush the beer cans.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses when using power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood board, 2-inch thick, 31-inch by 4 3/4-inch
  • Table saw
  • Router
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Cloth
  • Household projects glue
  • 2 narrow-mouth canning jar lids
  • Strap hinge with installation hardware
  • Drill
  • Cabinet door handle with hardware
  • Screwdriver


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About this Author

Based in Covington, Tenn., Cheryl Torrie has been writing how-to articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow. Torrie received a certificate in travel and tourism from South Eastern Academy and is enrolled in a computer information systems program at Tennessee Technology Center at Covington.

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