by Gardener Ed
The box sifter is great for small quantities of compost. However it requires a lot of work. Here's a suggestion for something in between a box type sifter and a rotary trammel.
Take a 24 to 30 inch wide 1/2 inch mesh piece of welded wire hardware cloth that is about 6 - 8 feet long. Nail or staple it to a 2x4 frame. Set one end against a tree, post, or compost pile frame and the other on the ground. Simply shovel a small amount of the coarse compost onto the screen and bounce the screen with the flat side of the shovel to get it to flow down the screen. No shaking or jerking necessary. If the compost on the drier side, it may even sift itself. if you wish to make collection and handling easier, place a tarp underneath to catch the siftings.