Wine Press Re-Mastered

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Project by AlpE posted 08-03-2020 12:05 PM 1194 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wine press has been in my family since it was made sometime in the early 1900’s. Since I’ve been alive, it was always used more or less as a piece of cultural yard art at my grandparents home, though my Grandfather can recall using it with his father as child. When my grandfather passed away a few years ago, my mother really wanted me to see if I could fix the press. I think what she had in mind was simply replacing the staves with new lumber, but I had different plans in mind.

My grandfather always told me, if you’re going to do a thing, do it as well as you can. The press is still used as cultural yard art, but now its also fully functional.

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#1 posted 08-03-2020 12:46 PM

Beautifully done.

-- Ron, Montana

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#2 posted 08-03-2020 01:44 PM

Nice work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 08-03-2020 02:23 PM

great restoration,time to make some wine.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-03-2020 02:43 PM

Awesome project, must be good metal to last so well!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 08-03-2020 03:09 PM

Sorry but I had to see this close up

absolutely Beautiful

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 08-03-2020 05:04 PM

Hats off for keeping.
I am in awe (excitement) about old things. We have forgotten how to respect the work of our ancestors.
Recently I found an old stand for a frying pan (frying pan) or kettle, made by handicraft, with a dedicatory inscription. I don’t know English well, so I can’t create a blog or forum – OLD THINGS. Maybe someone will take it (start). Send me the coordinate

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#7 posted 08-03-2020 05:07 PM

OLD, where did the forged belts go ? They have NO price …..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#8 posted 08-03-2020 06:11 PM

I would expect that disappear if not bolted to the porch.
Be well.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#9 posted 08-03-2020 08:06 PM

You did a great restoration.

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#10 posted 08-03-2020 09:53 PM

Wow. Thanks for the warm welcome.

John- Its the entire press is solid cast iron. It had a century’s worth of rust on it, which caused some pitting in some areas, but the integrity is still as good as the day it was made. To clean it up, I actually built an electrolysis tank from a car battery charger, rebar, and a kiddie pool. I let it sit in there for a month which did most of the work. Still required a fair amount of wire brushing with vinegar afterwards, but much, much more manageable.

NotaJock- Its not bolted down, but if someone wanted to take it, they had better bring a few friends and a pickup truck. I didn’t officially weigh it, but would estimate its resting weight to be somewhere around 250 pounds.

Here a few more pictures of the details on the iron.

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#11 posted 08-03-2020 10:55 PM

Looks very similar to an apple cider press a neighbor had when I was a child. Great restoration job!



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#12 posted 08-04-2020 02:58 AM

Great restoration.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 08-04-2020 10:37 AM

I love old stuff like that. You did a great job keeping that in the family.

-- Petey

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#14 posted 08-04-2020 12:00 PM

Wonderful restoration job. It’s great to bring something from history back to life.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 08-04-2020 08:00 PM

Well, if I ever come across one of these I’ll try to duplicate your success! Again, great job!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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