|Project by falatocpa||posted 09-24-2014 02:25 AM||1619 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
My house is blessed with the remains of a 100+ year old apple orchard and a few vines of productive labrusca grapes. So I decided to put them to use.
The press is a modification of a design from the back of a cider making book. It’s notched 4×4 construction with threaded rods and carriage bolts for the main structure. The basket is made from leftover red oak scraps, and the tray, from 1x pine scraps (the original design called for cheesecloth sacks between marine grade plywood pressing boards). Crushing comes from a 6 Ton bottle jack. Here’s it’s in use on about 25 lbs of lubrusca grapes.
The apple grinder is a simple 2×4 stand with a plywood hopper supporting a re-purposed in-sink garbage disposal. Put a bucket underneath, flip the switch and feed it apples. Or so I hope. I have mostly Baldwin trees and this was the off year in the bi-annual cycle, so it hasn’t been tested yet. The disposal in this unit was new, but everything else was either scrap or leftover from other projects (wiring included).