|Project by kaerlighedsbamsen||posted 186 days ago||1779 views||14 times favorited||16 comments|
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