After reading through this thread a few times, I think I have a pretty good idea what most of the sheeter parts do, as well as why they do it. I am not mechanically inclined, which means I probably donít know the proper terminology to use in every instance, but Iím gonna try to explain my understanding of how this contraption works, in hopes that you or someone else will either confirm my understanding or correct me when Iím wrong (because I really need one of these). Whenever I may use improper terminology, please correct me.
Hereís my understanding of how your second manual sheeter works:
There are two main support pieces, which are the vertical sheets of metal with feet extending at the bottom to provide support. In Reply #65, it looks like you call these pieces Ďside platesí (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11459.msg106952.html#msg106952
). It appears that the side plates hold the bottom roller in place, while the two smaller plates (inner plates) hold the top roller in place. I assume the inner plates can be moved up and down, in precise unison, thus raising and lowering the top roller, while the bottom roller never moves. In the same post you also mention the two round discs with holes drilled off-center. (More about that later.)
In the second picture of Reply #78 (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11459.msg107774.html#msg107774
), there are locking pliers (correct term?) attached to the outside of the second highest rod. I assume this enables you to turn the rod, which then either raises or lowers the top rolling pin, depending on which way you turn the rod.
Thereís one more rod near the top of the sheeter, which holds the top sprocket in place but also extends the entire width of the sheeter. I assume there are two main reasons why this rod extends all the way across: 1) To give some extra support for the top sprocket, and 2) To provide a little more structural support for the whole machine. Similarly, I assume the rods located between the feet are entirely for bracing/support. In this picture it also appears that the crank is attached to the bottom roller. Which means if youíre standing on the crank-side of the sheeter, facing the sheeter and cranking clockwise, the dough passes from left to right.
In both of the pictures in Reply #82 (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11459.msg108086.html#msg108086
), your crank is clearly attached to the top sprocket, rather than the sprocket that serves the bottom roller. Is there a reason why you apparently moved it from the bottom sprocket to the top sprocket? In the second picture of Reply #82, there is a lever or handle. The lever replaced the pliers, right?
I have some other questions. Iím sure my questions make simple concepts seem complicated (because complicating simple ideas is in my genes). If so, please try to keep the answers as simple as possible. My questions:
- Is there a reason why your chain is on the inside of the side plate, rather than the outside?
- How are the inner plates held firmly in place (or attached to the side plates) yet still allowed to move up and down?
- What do the round discs with off-center holes do? I assume they have something to do with raising and lowering the top roller, but Iím not sure how it works.
- Iím thinking longer feet with a smaller feeder-ramp slope angle might be a little more sturdy and ergonomic, like the Mitropan sheeterís design, shown in Reply #46 (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11459.msg105448.html#msg105448). However, I also understand that longer feet would create more weight and a larger footprint, which might force such a sheeter to remain in the same place at all times. Am I thinking in the right direction here? Also, although I know the pictures in Reply #46 are not yours, can you tell me what the green part is (or what it does)?
- Again, not your pictures, but Iím having trouble understanding what the pictures in Reply #53 (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11459.msg105526.html#msg105526) are supposed to tell me. I assume you understand the significance of these pictures because you pretty much copied this thing, but theyíre just not registering anything to me. What are these pictures supposed to be telling me?
I'd be very grateful if you help me figure out what I need to know to make one of these puppies. I know that's a lot to ask, though, so I understand if you don't respond.
Everyone else's input is welcome, too.