following is a description of how to make a cider
press. The plans were posted on the 3rd September
edition (#551) of the cider digest by Jeff Summit
and are reproduced here with permission. Jeff retains
copyright to these plans, please contact
him if you wish to reproduce them.
few years ago I made a press. It cost me about US$20.
bucket was made from a 7 gallon plastic pail. I
used a 0.5 inch drill and perferated it at a 1 inch
frame was made from scrap 2x3 (inch) pine.
the press I bought a 1 inch x 3 foot threaded rod,
5 nuts, and 2 @ 4 inch washers. (one of the nuts
is larger than the rod and can twist freely within)
paid a welder $5 to weld 1 nut onto each washer,
and the large nut onto a metal plate.
drilled 2 holes into the washers and metal plate
to allow mounting.
pressing plate was made of plywood coated in polyurathane,
with a 2x3 mounted across for support. The large
nut and plate were mounted into the 2x3.
cross member of the frame had a hole drilled into
it. The washer & nut were mounted on the underside
of the crossmember.
remaining 2 nuts and nut/washer were used to fasten
the prying lever to the threaded rod. The lever
is a 2x3 with a hole drilled through it. The washer
is mounted on the bottom side and the nuts lock
the lever down from the top.
N : nut
NW : nut welded to washer
LN: large nut
R : threaded rod
L : lever
F : frame
P : pressing plate
F NW F
FB R BF
FB R BF
FB R BF
FB LN BF
has worked for 5 seasons so far.
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