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Project by mrdull posted 02-23-2009 08:02 AM 2273 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Red Oak Wine Press, finished with mineral oil. Stainless Steel strapping and Hardware, too cheap to use a screw for the press —use a 20 ton bottle jack. What works, works.
pic 2 I call the yoke fab from treated yellow pine, no particular reason I used treated because it is what I had, there is a piece of oak across the top for the head of the bottle jack, sometimes I stand a piece of 6×6 on top of the ram because the press is not full and the stroke of the jack doesn’t have to be so long

pic 1 is the drum it was fabricated from oak and has angled sides with about 1/16” between each stave, the juice comes out the space and runs down the space between the staves into the trough in pic 3 and out the drain, the bands are stainless steel as well as the hardware

pic4 is the top of the press that inserts inside the drum, it is two pieces of 13/16” oak onto which I sit the bottle jack. I finished it all out with mineral oil, but I will have to clean it each time I use it with sanitizer,

hope these help.

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 11:09 AM

Nice looking press. I thought you were supposed to use barefooted pretty young ladies to press the grapes??
Looks like your first day here:-)) Welcome to LJ!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 02:12 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

A very nice looking wine press.

It looks very well constructed.

It looks like your are very serious about making wine.

Take a look at what I made out of an old press.
Click for details

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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sidestepmcgee

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 03:27 PM

love it , I have been waiting for someone to build one.Just cant afford a prebuilt.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 05:06 PM

Very nice. Great work.

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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Will Mego

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 06:08 PM

hmm, a bottle jack? Great idea, I’m looking for ideas for a cider press, for the apple orchard I plan for my dream home.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 02-23-2009 06:46 PM

Make sure the jack doesn’t leak.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mrdull

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#7 posted 02-23-2009 07:21 PM

slip a plastic bag around the jack, it’s easier than trying to sanitize the complete jack,

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.

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Glenn

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#8 posted 02-23-2009 08:00 PM

Very, very nice. I’ve made wine from grapes ordered in from Lodi, CA, and would have killed at the time for one of those. You could sell those, but I imagine something like that would command a VERY high price.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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ratchet

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#9 posted 02-23-2009 08:11 PM

Are acme threaded rod and bracket pricey?
Anyway you have a very nice press there. This is one of those utilty tools that looks cool even when not in use.
Well done.

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Karson

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#10 posted 02-23-2009 08:44 PM

Looks great. I wonder what a 2” wooden screw would do. I’ve heard you can get a lot of pressure but Pressing grapes might require a lot more pressure also.

I would think that Apple’s would require more pressure than grapes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#11 posted 02-23-2009 09:10 PM

Nice looking press. I may have to make my own before next harvest season. I think you juice drain off system will have some trouble with clogging; especially with apples. More space around the outside of the bucket and an open drain slot might work better. Also white oak (or maple) would probably be easier to keep clean and sanitary; even with mineral oil coating the red oak will absorb juice and particles in it’s open pores.
Our friends get together in Oct to make apple cider but we currently rent the equipment The bottle jack sounds like it would be a lot less work than the screw press system we use.
For cider we first quarter the apples and cut out any rotten parts. Worms are OK (-; Then they go through a grinder to chop them into smaller pieces. The grinder is a 6” wood drum studed with about 1/2”X1/2” metal teeth at the bottom of a hopper and is driven by an electric motor (on a belt) or a crank (we have both). The parts fall into the press bucket lined with a nylon mesh bag which contains and strains the fiber from the juice while pressing. Last year we made about 100 gallons in 4 hours…. with lots of help. We filter and bottle the juice in new plastic milk jugs. It keeps fresh for about a week and the excess is frozen.
It is a good excuse for a Fall party.

-- Les B, Oregon

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mrdull

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#12 posted 02-23-2009 10:35 PM

The wooden screw would probably be ok, might have to press in stages letting the pressure ease off and then apply a little more, I agree about apples needing more pressure. I haven’t had a problem with the drain but I think thats because the spaces between the slats is small and very little pulp gets thru. I am considering enlarging the drain hole about 300% . I built it on a whim and used what drop off I had from other projects, red oak was the material of convenience. the grinder LesB describes would be a real help. They make one for grapes, I will probably build one after I do some research before next harvest. I’m working with frozen juice from last season now.

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.

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Will Mego

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#13 posted 02-24-2009 04:41 AM

Not to threadjack for apples, but I was thinking about a shaker apple horse (imagine a shavehorse, which instead cores and quarters apples) then more of a traditional apple press, but the idea of just using hydrolic jacks for the pressure is a great idea, like that post the other day of making bench dogs from a bolt..you want to slap yourself in the head for not thinking of it.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." - http://www.willmego.com/

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mrdull

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#14 posted 02-24-2009 05:15 AM

I understand, that’s how the jack came about for me, I had just about finished the oak parts and was starting the yoke portion when I spotted a 20ton jack that I had used maybe twice since I bought it and then bingo, it came to me. You don’t need 20 ton, but harbor freight tools have the smaller ones for maybe 10 dollars.

when I was a kid in school I built a shingle horse (small one) for a history project, WISH I HAD IT NOW. I didn’t even realize it when I did it but I was actually building what was probably my first wood project.

-- “Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” General Robert E. Lee, C.S.A.

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falegniam

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#15 posted 08-26-2010 12:03 AM

ahhh all the wine my father, and all my uncles used to make…it was like rocket fuel. i never drank it. i stuck my face over the top of one of the barrels and the fumes rushed into my head, and i almost passed out. i only did that once.
i have three wine presses, but don’t know what to do with them. thought about turning them into planters, and putting them out front. are you making wine with yours?

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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