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Project by Kean posted 02-14-2015 08:15 PM 6974 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Dutch style cheese press I made for one of my other hobbies, cheesemaking.

Materials:
  • Maple – Main Structure
  • Cherry – Pegs
  • HDPE (aka cutting board material) – Platform

The only metal in it is the bolt & wingnut that hold the lever arm to the presser. It has a 4X mechanical advantage (for every 1 pound of weight hung on the arm, 4 pounds of pressure is applied to the cheese.)

The platform is not attached. The channels along the edges were routed with a standard core box bit (HDPE cuts and routes easily with standard wood tools). There is also a 4th channel under the front edge, this keeps anything from flowing back along the bottom and making a mess.

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.





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#1 posted 02-14-2015 09:41 PM

Look good, I know nothing about cheese making, but all of a sudden I feel like I need to learn more :)

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 03:14 AM

beautiful fit and finish…

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 09:15 PM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 06:05 PM

Nice, I built one for a Christmas gift for my wife. Still need to make the cheese.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 03-29-2017 09:51 PM

the drawing doesn’t show the lever arm. Could you tell me how long it is and how far apart to put notches to hold the weight?
thanks

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Kean

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#6 posted 03-30-2017 02:14 AM



the drawing doesn t show the lever arm. Could you tell me how long it is and how far apart to put notches to hold the weight?

I hadn’t noticed that. My apologies. The lever arm on mine is 24”x1.5” x 3/4”. The pivot point is at 6” and I have a notch at 2.25” from the other end. I would, if re-doing the arm, make it 25” long and put the pivot at 7”. I designed it with the intent of being able to put a number of notches for weight hanging at different points, but found that the one at 2.25” works for me.

-K

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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Mina

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#7 posted 09-29-2017 01:54 PM

Hi
I’m so glad I found this site and in particular your cheese press.
I’m impressed with the simplicity. I’m tempted to make my own…but I’m not as skilled as most. I have no aversion to trying this but need some clarification. I’m finding difficult to print the details and was hoping you can send me the specs via email perhaps?
My main query is the vertical board (21 1/2”)on the left with the cutout where the lever end is placed – how wide is that board and what are the dimensions of the cutout? Where exactly is the cutout located (distance from top end etc)....am I being too picky?
Also – would it be possible to place 2 bolts/wing nuts to the 2 vertical boards so that I can then disassemble the unit?
Also – last question – how far apart are the holes on the presser? or does it matter?
I’m sorry if I’m being a total nube…

Thanks so much!!!

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Kean

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#8 posted 09-29-2017 02:51 PM


I m so glad I found this site and in particular your cheese press.
I m impressed with the simplicity. I m tempted to make my own…but I m not as skilled as most. I have no aversion to trying this but need some clarification. I m finding difficult to print the details and was hoping you can send me the specs via email perhaps?
My main query is the vertical board (21 1/2”)on the left with the cutout where the lever end is placed – how wide is that board and what are the dimensions of the cutout? Where exactly is the cutout located (distance from top end etc)....am I being too picky?
Also – would it be possible to place 2 bolts/wing nuts to the 2 vertical boards so that I can then disassemble the unit?
Also – last question – how far apart are the holes on the presser? or does it matter?
I m sorry if I m being a total nube…
Thanks so much!!!
- Mina

Hi Mina, Glad you like it! This one really isn’t too hard to make. The only “special” tool used is a router. The width of the upright isn’t vital, as long as it’s wide enough to take the stress applied during pressing. The cutout has to be big enough to allow the horizontal bar to move without binding but not so big that it twists or flops around. The holes on the presser are another “not really vital”, they just allow you to adjust it’s height for different cheese moulds. I don’t see why you couldn’t build it as a take-down unit by attaching the uprights with bolts, it should be fine. I’d be happy to send you the original Sketchup plans file (done in the free version), just send me a PM with your email address.

As Brian said in Life of Brian, “Blessed Are The Cheesemakers!” :)

-K

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#9 posted 09-29-2017 03:00 PM

Hi, Kean, that’s a very good build, but I don’t believe in torturing cheese. :)

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Mina

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#10 posted 09-29-2017 03:04 PM

sorry – seems that i can’t send you a pm…too much of a newbie…
perhaps you can send me one?
ugh!

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#11 posted 09-29-2017 03:29 PM

Mina, just hit a few replies here (I think the magic number is five posts) and you’ll be fine.

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#12 posted 09-30-2017 01:43 PM

So i’ve got the plans…and i’m ready to build.
Has anyone made one of these? I’m just curious to know what types of wood you used as well as what thickness of boards you used?
Thanks from a newbie!!!

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Kean

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#13 posted 09-30-2017 04:02 PM



So i ve got the plans…and i m ready to build.
Has anyone made one of these? I m just curious to know what types of wood you used as well as what thickness of boards you used?

You want to use a tight grained hardwood so that it it’s easy to clean and sterilize. And it needs to be strong to resist the pressure of use. I used maple. I plane my own lumber from rough, but I just measured mine and as in the plans, it’s 3/4” finished thickness. If you are buying your lumber pre-planed, you’ll want to buy lumber labeled as being 1” thick, that will be ~3/4” think in reality. For a finish you’ll want something easy to clean and “food safe”. I used what’s called a salad bowl finish on mine. The cutting board came from Amazon.com and got cut down using the same woodworking tools.

-K

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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Mina

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#14 posted 09-30-2017 05:24 PM

So i ve got the plans…and i m ready to build.
Has anyone made one of these? I m just curious to know what types of wood you used as well as what thickness of boards you used?
-Mina

You want to use a tight grained hardwood so that it it s easy to clean and sterilize. And it needs to be strong to resist the pressure of use. I used maple. I plane my own lumber from rough, but I just measured mine and as in the plans, it s 3/4” finished thickness. If you are buying your lumber pre-planed, you ll want to buy lumber labeled as being 1” thick, that will be ~3/4” think in reality. For a finish you ll want something easy to clean and “food safe”. I used what s called a salad bowl finish on mine. The cutting board came from Amazon.com and got cut down using the same woodworking tools.

-K

- Kean

Oh thank goodness…because I reviewed the sketchup plans and saw that the thickness was 3/4” so I went ahead and bought the maple lumber and have already started my rough cuts LOL.

Thanks again!

—Mina

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#15 posted 09-30-2017 05:55 PM

Welcome to Ljs Mina

Good luck on building this project. in your comment above you say you are “unskilled ” Looking at your profile it doesn’t say anymore about what experience you have. As an adult woodworking instructor, I sometimes see new students do unsafe things on woodworking equipment so if you don’t have experience with certain types of woodworking tools please seek out someone with experience and have them show you the ropes, if you don’t have anyone that can help I would suggest an adult woodworking class close to you or at the very least investigate basic tool use here on Ljs or on YouTube. It’s always a challenge to know where ever you get your information as to if the person helping really knows what they are talking about so it may be best to get more than one source and see if you can gain a consensus on how to do any particular operation or how to use the equipment you’re thinking of using. Enjoy!

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