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Old 03-21-2014, 03:12 AM   #1
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Default Homer Hopper Grain Mill

I've been using a hopper made from a Home Depot "Homer" bucket for a while and finally got to getting the first post done to introduce it. I'll have more posts that will show how to make each part and then also have some CAD models and templates to use to make your own.

It's worked out great for me, since it holds about 20 pounds of grain. That's about the max my BIAB system can handle.

Now that I got the first post done, the subsequent posts should come easier. Anyway, come check out my DIY. I'll update this post with links to the additional info.

Homer Hopper Introduction
All printout templates are currently available in a zip file at the bottom of this post

Part 2: Homer Bucket Modifications

Part 3: Wooden Base









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Old 04-03-2014, 11:21 PM   #2
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Default Homer Hopper Part 2 - Homer Bucket Modifications

Here is the second update showing how to modify the bucket. Basically it is cutting the window in the bottom, the mounting holes for the Monster Mill and a side access window to attach the drill to the mill.

I've got the printable template link on there so you can transfer to your bucket.

Part 2: Homer Bucket Modifications

The next post is for the wooden base.





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subscribed. wish I saw this good idea before I built a wooden Hopper for my crankanstein. can you post a quick link to the wooden insert CAD in the meantime cause this is a perfect weekend project?

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big fan of this DIY. Lookin' forward to the whole writeup. i'm curious how you sealed up the side of the bucket where the MM sticks out.

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subscribed. wish I saw this good idea before I built a wooden Hopper for my crankanstein. can you post a quick link to the wooden insert CAD in the meantime cause this is a perfect weekend project?
Glad to hear you like it. I'm traveling today, but I will post links to the rest of the drawings late tonight. Hope that's soon enough.
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big fan of this DIY. Lookin' forward to the whole writeup. i'm curious how you sealed up the side of the bucket where the MM sticks out.
I haven't posted the info on the actual hopper yet, but it seals for the most part. It is a drop in hopper. Some grain inevitably passes by, but probably no more than most mill setups. If you look at the first post on the blog, I've got pictures of that piece.
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OK, I went ahead and put all of the PDF templates into a zip file. It's currently located on the Introduction post:

Homer Hopper Introduction

All printout templates are currently available in a zip file at the bottom of the blog post.

Without having a post to look at, this should at least get you going. Keep in mind that every bucket has it's own unique shape, so make sure you cut at maximum material on the hopper panels and then sand them to shape to fit your bucket.

Good luck!

I'll try to get the next post up next week, but I've got a weekend of mulch, a new kitchen sink and part one of my seemingly annual garage reorganization.

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Here is the third update showing how to make the wooden base. This is probably the easiest part of the entire project. You are basically going to cut out the circular shape, drill through holes for the screws and cut a window for the grain to fall through. A router or drill press will be helpful to create the counterbores on the underside.

Again, a link to the zip file containing all prints is on the introduction post and for now, on each post.

Part 3: Wooden Base

The next post is for the mill box.





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Nice work

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This is nice. Ordering a JSP mill soon and want to build my own hopper.



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