Grape Press

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Project by rustfever posted 375 days ago 1259 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, a winery customer asked if I could do ‘Wonders’ with the companies original grape press. I said I could, before I had really looked close. Once I began the disassembling process I realized the degree of deterioration. The challenge grew bigger, and the accomplishment became more significant.

I found the required 3” KD White Oak at a SF Bay area specialty lumber supplier, [at a ‘not-so-insignificant-cost’]. Sand blasting and powder coating fees ratcheted up the cost. I spent a terrific amount getting the hydraulic system free of seizure because of years of exposure to the weather. Oak, finish, misc new fasterners all went into the cost ledger.

The wood working was fun and I never kept track of the hours spent, although I would guess I have over 140 hours total in all of the work. I loved every minute, including the presentation to the second generation of the original owners.

The final product was well received by the ‘Family’ of the winery founders. It is now on display in one of their wineries.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 375 days ago

Amazing Ira…... if anybody can….. you can !!!!
Looks like brand new, I can just imagine the looks on there faces when they saw it.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#2 posted 375 days ago

Good work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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John Ormsby

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#3 posted 375 days ago

Ira, You did a beautiful job on the restoration. It looks factory fresh.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 375 days ago


A great rebuild. Nice job.

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

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#5 posted 375 days ago

Really nice restoration. This is an old treasure that deserves to be kept. I’m sure they loved it

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 374 days ago

You’re amazing. Hours don’t count when you’re doing a unique project like this. You must be really proud to say “I did this”. Congrats

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#7 posted 374 days ago

nice save…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 373 days ago

Superb work on the beautiful restoration of a great treasure. It deserve to be kept and repaired. The family must be really happy to see it.

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