How to Make an Egg Peeler

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How to Make an Egg Peeler
Hard-boiled eggs can be difficult to peel. (Brian Yarvin/Creatas/Getty Images)

Peeling hard-boiled eggs can be frustrating and time consuming. By building your own egg peeler, you can have peeled hard-boiled eggs in seconds without the hassle of picking away the shell. A small, easy to use, homemade egg peeler allows you to enjoy hard-boiled eggs with little effort and mess.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 5-inch by 5-inch by 5-inch wooden box
  • 6-inch plastic tube, 2 inches in diameter
  • 2-inch rubber ball
  • 7-inch wooden or metal rod
  • 3-inch by 3- inch rubber sheet
  • Cyanoacrylate glue
  • 4-inch by 4-inch piece of felt
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Handheld jigsaw

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Instructions

    Preparation

  1. 1

    Draw a circle 1 7/8 inches in diameter on the top of the box. Draw a 3-inch by 3-inch square on the side of the box. Cut out the circle and the square with the jigsaw.

  2. 2

    Cut the rubber sheet to cover the circular hole on the top of the box. Glue the rubber around the circular hole so that it covers the hole completely, and let dry.

    Cut a 1-inch by 1-inch cross into the rubber.

  3. 3

    Attach the rubber ball to the end of the rod. Insert the rubber ball and rod inside of the plastic tube. The ball should fit and be able to move perfectly back and forth inside the tube, creating a sealed pump.

  4. 4

    If the ball does not move smoothly, cut a 1/2-inch by 4-inch strip of felt. Make a line of glue around the circumference of the ball. Glue the piece of felt around the ball like a belt and let dry. The felt will help the ball move smoothly through the tube.

  5. 5

    Place the open end of the pump on top of the hole in the top of the box. The tube should be slightly larger in circumference than the hole. The rubber ball pump should be able to pump air down through the rubber-sealed hole into the box.

    Usage

  1. 1

    Perforate each end of the boiled egg's shell and inner layer of skin. Place the egg, small side up, on the rubber-sealed hole on top of the box.

  2. 2

    Prepare the rubber ball pump by pulling the rod and ball up to the end of the plastic tube so that it is ready to pump down. Place the other end of the plastic tube over the hardboiled egg, covering both the egg and the hole on top of the box.

  3. 3

    Pump the rubber ball down towards the egg in one swift movement. The peeled egg will emerge into the box, leaving the shell inside the pump on top. Retrieve the peeled egg from the side opening in the box and enjoy.

Tips and warnings

  • Jigsaws and other woodcutting tools can cause injury. Be very cautious while using them.
  • Supervise children closely when power tools are in use.
  • Protective eyewear and gloves can prevent small pieces of wood from entering the eyes or skin.

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