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Project by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 10-11-2013 09:34 PM 2235 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is apple time again and this year have been extra generous with apples. I have allways used one of those kitchen juicers and they are ok-ish for half a litre ro so. But i have apples by the wheelbarrels and more serious means is needed.

A quick websearch revealed a lot of solutions but not many was siple and elegant. Most were over-done and expensive. As so often before Mathias Wandel was a help: http://woodgears.ca/cider/apple_grinder.html

This is made of 100×40mm construction pine and 27×110mm larch terrase boards. And some scraps. And a piece of firewood for the drum (pear i think)

Most parts are pretty straight forward to make. Two piezes was a bit of a challenge though:


The wheel is made from an old shipping crate cut out in 3 piezes with a jigsaw. Then glued together, screwed to the axle and turned true in place with a scraper iron and just some wood clamped to the frame to support the iron.


The drum i spent a lot of time figuring how to make without wobble. The solution is elegant and simple: Put it in place, turn on motor and use the router!

Being made quickly and with cheap materials i expected this project to be a little ackward and inefficient to use. And it is no at all! It takes about 2 minutes to grind 2 large buckets of apples, then 2 more minutes to load the pulp into the press and 5 minutes to press it and empty the press again. Made 30 litres in a short while yesterday. By far the most time consuming part is to bottle the whole batch and clean the machine and the cloth used.

I really enjoyed this project and had fun building it.

Hope the images explaines all the detals. Let me know what you think!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-11-2013 10:25 PM

Great useful project. I love it. It is nice that your son can get in on the action of making cider,too.
..............cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 10-12-2013 12:53 AM

Neat machine. I’m not trying to be critical but if your letting little fingers in the area I would put a guard over the belt.

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#3 posted 10-12-2013 12:53 AM

Sorry double post.

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#4 posted 10-12-2013 02:33 AM

Neat project. Thanks for the links to the others.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 10-12-2013 03:46 AM

Great project! When can I come borrow it? LOL

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#6 posted 10-12-2013 08:07 AM

Thanks for your comments. Allways a pleasure sharing projects here.
@L/W: You can come and borrow ANY time!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 10-12-2013 12:28 PM

I like it great job.

-- Todd

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#8 posted 10-12-2013 02:14 PM

Great looking project!

Better looking Son!

Please put a guard on that belt!

If nothing else it will teach him safety first.

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#9 posted 10-12-2013 02:45 PM

Making apple cider is a wonderful time. Helped a friends family make it for a few years before he moved,
and it was a blast. They lived out in the country, so we hauled the wheelbarrows of pulp out to a
meadow, and the deer and a few bears cleaned it up in a week.

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

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#10 posted 10-12-2013 03:51 PM

We have deers as well but no bears- I think they were made extinct in the late middle ages around here. Would love to have them around though.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#11 posted 10-12-2013 04:16 PM

This is really cool. I really like the design and function of it. Great job

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jdh122

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#12 posted 10-12-2013 08:37 PM

Nice press and grinder. I juiced about 15 liters this Fall (in a juicer) and pretty much decided it was the last time. Next year I either buy the sweet cider to ferment or build myself a press and grinder.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#13 posted 10-13-2013 07:25 AM

Jdh: Make yourself a machine. Its great fun!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#14 posted 10-17-2013 08:51 PM

so simple I love it. thanks for sharing

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#15 posted 11-06-2013 09:52 PM

Great job on that press. It looks like something I could use. I know lots of people who just let their apples go to waste. I could make my own cider too!

Thanks for the idea. I put it as a favorite!! I need another project!!
....................Jim

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

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