Grape Press

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Project by 49er posted 09-08-2015 09:07 PM 799 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor brought me this grape press that had been in a fire. I wish I had taken a before picture of it in tack but I didn’t. He promised me wine if I made it usable. I had a week before the grapes were ready. I tried cutting the compound angles on my table saw and 12” sliding miter saw but ended up using the 16 inch radial arm with a 12 inch blade. It seemed like the safest way. This is a rectangular based pyramid which requires different angles on adjacent sides. Change one dimension and every angle changes. It takes a lot of math to figure the angles. To make this come out perfect the short side needs a thicker board than the long side other wise there is a lip on the inside of the miter. This pyramid has a lip.
By the way I didn’t do the math on the angles. There is a web site that has a pyramid calculator that figures ever thing. Neighbor used the press and it worked perfect. In one year I get wine.

Edited August 2016: I got my wine.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#1 posted 09-09-2015 02:02 AM

Very interesting. That’s something that would take a lot of thinking before attempting. Great Job, looks nice.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 12:26 PM

Incredible project. This is some awesome tool. I have one such mashine in my family for almoust 90 years old and it still working, with all metal and wooden parts. Maybe some wooden parts are replaced by time, but mostly it is in original state.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 08:59 PM

You did a fine job on this. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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