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Forum topic by jdwyk posted 05-18-2009 02:34 PM 1558 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2009 02:34 PM

Just wondering if anyone has made their own cider press. I teach high school woodworking in Paw Paw Michigan…I am thinking of making one with my students next year. Any tips would help! I will be making the frame out of white oak and the parts that contact the apples and juice out of maple or some other tight grained wood. I plan on finishing it with butcher block finish and using all stainless hardware where needed. Lube will be veggie oil for the press screw.

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#1 posted 05-18-2009 05:45 PM

I think I saw one in American woodworker a year or two ago. If I find it I’ll send you the issue number.

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 06:08 PM

Thank you

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 03:52 PM

I know a metal worker who makes his out of stainless steel. Not my style nut a great many finer points translate to wood. One of the smartest things he made sure to do was to size the platform so you could fit a five gallon plastic bucket under it with no fuss (as a home brewer, five gallon buckets are the bread of life). He also used a “tenon” to house the nut that held the ACME threaded rod for the press. This was very smart because if a wear plate wears out it’s hard to replace, specialty nut’s on the other hand are fairly cheap in comparison. He did say he experimented with multiple woods for the hoops maple adds the least flavor, oak adds tannins useful for hard cider brewing.

Did you ever build yours?

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