Cider Press

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Project by Nicky posted 09-10-2013 03:05 AM 3920 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Plans from “Anyone can build a Whizbang Apple Grinder and Cider Press” by Herrick Kimball.

Frame is 2 x lumber, stretchers dado’d into rails. Basket is pine and HDPE plastic for the drum hoop. The pressing plates are 3/4 plywood. The press is a scissor jack.

Built for a friend as a graduation present. We just got back home after pressing a bushel of grapes. Worked better then expected. Fresh grape juice is good stuff. Can’t wait for the apple juice and cherry juice.

Finished the frame with spar varnish. No finish on parts that touch food. Good recommendations from another post

Fun project to build. Very useful.

-- Nicky

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 03:27 AM

Awesome job. This is def on my list of things to build, as we just put in a orchard and vineyard last year. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 08:56 AM

I love this, some great memeroies going to the cider mill.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 02:59 PM

Looks very nice Nicky. Can you explain how the bucket works? I’m thinking of the spaces between the staves. Is that where the juice comes out?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 11:23 PM

Thanks for the views and your kind comments.

Mike, you are correct. The juice flows between the staves. The basket is open top and bottom. The basket sits on top of a drain rack, the fruit is layered between pressing plates, as the jack applies pressure to the top plate, it is distributed down the basket and juice flows from the space between the staves to the collection plate.

We were all amazed at how well the simple mechanism worked.

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 09-13-2013 02:47 PM

Great looking machine. Like the look and mechanism. I’m sure it will serve you well. Great job!

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