Dutch Style Cheese Press

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Project by Kean posted 02-14-2015 08:15 PM 3769 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

  • 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.

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