Milk Seperator Renovation

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Project by Oeistein Jensen posted 09-23-2011 09:07 PM 1475 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A guy I know wanted me restore an old milk seperator for him. I used Purpleheart in the rings and the light wood are Norwegian Birch. Each of the purpleheart rings have 12 segments and crank handle is split turned with 2 layer of newspaper between the 2 pieces in the handle.
All the wood are treated with Liberon Finishing Oil.

The separator separates the milk from the cream. It was hard work milking and work keeping the separator clean after each use. It was based on centrifical force and gravity. And for to make butter (not margarine) one have to make sourcream of the cream, and then whip the sourcream past the consistancy of whiping cream.

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 11:34 PM

interesting project.. Nice job.

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

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 03:29 AM

That is a neat restoration!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-24-2011 06:04 PM

I have spent a few hours half asleep stripping the milk from cows and then running it through the separator.
Nothing tastes quite as good as canned fruit covered with thickened sweet cream that you have let set in the
fridge for a week to finish off a hard day of farm work. This brings back a few memories. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 04:24 AM

I had to smile because in my area they are called cream separators. You call it a milk separator. We separate the cream from the milk and you separate the milk from the cream. Like Bluepine this brings back memories and they are not all good. Thanks for sharing.

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