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Project by Thinman posted 1277 days ago 3568 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother aquired an old cider press this summer that needed a wee bit of work. The iron was mostly good but the wood….not so much.
The new wood is all hickory. The old wood was still solid enough to use for patterns so nothing had to be reinvented.
I’m particularly pleased with the baskets. They are also hickory. I was able to use the old straps and since I was trying to stay true to the era I attached them with clinch nails. That was a bit of an adventure, but well worth it.
It’s finnished with butcher block dressing.

It’s only seen action once and on that day we pressed 41 gallons of apple juice !!

-- Jeff





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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 1277 days ago

Check out the price list on this commercial cider press: http://www.thefruitpress.com/collections/cider-press You’ve done a great job restoring the press.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1277 days ago

Very cool project. Nothing better than fresh apple cider and some warn doughnuts…..Yummy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 1277 days ago

this is WONDERFUL.
I bought a press (I think it is a grape press) at an antique store – great deal- but last year’s apple crop was small so I didn’t get to use it much.

With this baby, I’d be buying apples so I could use it. Very impressive machine and your work to restore it -well, my hat is off to you!
Beautiful job

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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CampD

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#4 posted 1277 days ago

Very nice work
I love seeing old pieces brought back to life

-- Doug...

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 1277 days ago

Beautiful restoration and a great use of it also, nothing tastes quite as good as fresh pressed apple cider, I
have been allowed to help a family that owns one of these for a couple of years, my donation was the
gallon plastic jugs for the cider and if I can get my apple trees to grow and produce I may have to build
my own. The only item I might change would be to add a long lever handle for the press itself to make
life easier for me. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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ND2ELK

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#6 posted 1277 days ago

Great looking resteration. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Splinterman

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#7 posted 1276 days ago

Hey Thinman,
Sweet restoration…great job.

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grosa

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#8 posted 1276 days ago

Really nice job it looks great.

-- Have a great day.

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BTKS

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#9 posted 1276 days ago

I remember using one of these every year as a kid. It brings back a pile of memories. I wish I knew where the old press went or where to find the works. Thanks for posting, it’s a great looking recreation.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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stitchnequilts

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#10 posted 1275 days ago

As someone who has actually used this cider press, It’s awsome! It’s certainly not falling apart anytime soon.

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Gpops

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#11 posted 1274 days ago

I have an almost identical twin to your press. Complete with stencils on the front legs and a larger hopper and flywheel. Came out of a old farmers barn with chickens nesting in the baskets. Did yours come with the large table leg like post for turning the press down? We have made apple juice and cider many times with our kids and the Boyscouts or Camp fire girls. Lots of fun. Watch out for the bees when you start smashing apples. The deer love to eat the spent apples.

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Thinman

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#12 posted 1273 days ago

Thanks for all the kind words.
Gpops, we used a baseball bat for leverage on the press.

-- Jeff

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twobyfour16

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#13 posted 1269 days ago

Gpops – Coming from an assistant on the first use of this very cider press – do NOT use a baseball bat for leverage…my knuckles are still bruised…..thanks thinman….

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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Joe67

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#14 posted 1100 days ago

Hey, Great job!
I have a press that looks identical to this (the before pics), and am planning on replacing all the wood. Would you recommend using hickory, or if you had to do it again, would you go a different route?
I am also missing the top hopper part. The one on mine is an old round metal bowl shape from an old milk separator. I wondered what my press had on it originally. Any tips you can pass on to me would be appreciated.
Thanks and great job!

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bch

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#15 posted 925 days ago

Well done. If I ever come across one I’ll be sure to pick it up. Thanks for sharing!

-- --bch

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