Cheese Press for Christmas

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Project by Karson posted 01-06-2014 10:33 PM 3165 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter asked for a cheese press for Christmas. So I went searching on the web and found a picture of something that looks like this.

It’s a wooden frame with a series of pegs that allow you to move the paddle up and down and press the curds that you hope will become chese in a future time.

it seems that the harder you press the curds then the harder the cheese becomes. So if you want soft cheese you don’t press it so hard, but if you want well aged cheddar cheese you go to the store. They estimate 1 lb of cheese for 1 gallon of milk so you do the math.

This is made out of Cherry. I select that wood because I had some boards that were almost totally white on one side and cherry color on the other. in my mind a great choice for a non furniture item.

The dowel pegs are 3/8” Oak dowels with some Texas Ebony glued on the end and turned to give a knob effect to remove them when necessary.

The arm can be started at the top and pressed down to remove the Whey and them remove a dowell and replace it above the press arm repress it down.

I’ve seen pictures where someone has tied a 20lb weight from a weight set to keep the pressure on the cheese.

They haven’t determined what the mold is going to be but I could see a 4” plastic pipe with holes in it to allow the liquid to drain out. It could also be put in the dishwasher to clean afterwards. I saw a stainless steel one advertised for $75.00. I’d go with the pipe.

The glue joints are all reinforced with Stainless screws

It’s about 6” wide, 16” tall and the arm is 18” long. 7/8” thick Cherry.

I thought of the third one but it’s not made of wood.

Updated 2/16/2014
Well I got a birthday present today s block of cheese made from this cheese press. My daughter used a can with both ends cut out to hold the curds and then pressed it.

This would be like a Cheddar cheese after its been aged. It’s about 8 days old now and it’s dipped in wax to keep it from drying out.

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

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 10:39 PM

that is a very cool contraption. we let the cheese just sit in the cloth and let it’s own weight push it down, but we do make soft cheeses only… and do go to the store for aged cheddar :)

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 10:40 PM

Nice job, young fellow!


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#3 posted 01-06-2014 10:45 PM

Looks good to me…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 10:56 PM

Hey Karson,
That’s neat. I learn something every day.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 10:57 PM

Cool press, Karson.

If the cheese doesn’t work out, maybe it can be used to tortillas ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 11:09 PM

Nice contraption. It probably can be used to make tortillas also.

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 11:11 PM

Mmmm, I’m tastin some good Munster right now. Nice press. Good luck with pressin the cheese.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 11:35 PM

Demonstration with cheese is in order for show and tell at Mason Dixon Woodworkers. And don’t for get the crackers.

Nicely done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 11:53 PM

Karson, that is rather cheesey :-)). Great looking project, should make some great tasting cheese. Well done!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 01:29 AM

well this is a first for me. never heard of a cheese press before…it looks good i know that, i really loved the clocks…., i guess i need to comment about those in a different place, now i need some crackers and cheese …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 02:14 AM

Good one Buddy. Well thought out.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 01-07-2014 04:08 AM

knowing your work karson

i have no doubt this one is better
than the one you found on the web

it looks great

i like to eat around the holes in swiss cheese
maybe you will make something for that soon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 01-07-2014 10:01 AM

Very informative. While I donot make cheese, but it’s nice to know that a press like this is used.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#14 posted 01-07-2014 03:59 PM

She makes cheese?!

Say Cheese… LOL


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#15 posted 01-07-2014 06:08 PM

Nice job Karson!
Could it double as a Grape Press for Wine making?
Or an Apple Press for Cider?

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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