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Project by generic posted 09-26-2014 01:59 PM 1493 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a small vineyard and for many years have borrowed a press to make our wine.
I wanted my own so this is what I came up with.
The crushed grapes go into a mesh bag placed in the bucket. The arm is lowered onto them and gravity does the work. A cinder block sits on the flat spot on the arm and you get a 2 to 1 mechanical advantage because of the lenght of the arm. A hose out of the bucket drains the juice right into the carboy so less oxygen gets into the wine besides!
My crusher in my gallery fits right over the bucket so it makes everything very comvenient.

-- TMF





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Underdog

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 03:34 PM

Why do you have two different styles of crushers?

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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generic

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 03:40 PM

Good Question but one is a crusher and one is a press.
The grape crusher is for smashing the grapes before they are pressed. If you tried to press them whole, they would just sit there laughing at you. You have to break the skins to get them to crush. A sphere is a super strong shape. Once they are crushed, you put them into the press which squeezes all the juice from them and leaves behind all the skins and seeds. That liquid is then fermented into wine which makes everyone happy !!


Why do you have two different styles of crushers?

- Underdog


-- TMF

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 03:54 PM

This is a great project. Congratulations and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Von

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 06:11 PM

I appreciate the way you build things. It doesn’t seem like you need screws or nails. If you do, they are very well hidden. Everything interlocks, the proportions are dead on, and the final product is easy to look at and completely functional. Awesome! Keep posting, you make some fascinating items.

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generic

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 06:26 PM

Thank you for the kind words !!


I appreciate the way you build things. It doesn t seem like you need screws or nails. If you do, they are very well hidden. Everything interlocks, the proportions are dead on, and the final product is easy to look at and completely functional. Awesome! Keep posting, you make some fascinating items.

- Von


-- TMF

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doitforfun

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#6 posted 09-27-2014 04:14 PM

Just in time for harvest! Great idea! I’ll keep this in mind for next year.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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Edwardnorton

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#7 posted 10-27-2014 05:40 AM

Nice Job!

-- EdwardNorton

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