The Press

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Project by oldrivers posted 02-21-2014 02:31 PM 2302 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Press: Here is the Wine press Stainless steel and Oak. The SS bands I cut from 10” schedule 10 SS pipe 1-1/8” wide. The bottom plate is 1/4” SS plate x 15-1/4”, the uprights that hold the bands and the Screw handle is 1” SS pipe 14” Lg. The caps (I drilled and tapped from 3/4: SS Shaft.) with the pins where the top sits are screwed onto a threaded rod (Bolt end) is free to turn to adjust or remove the slip out pins in order to remove the Press ram. The press body is from 12” Lg. x 15/16” oak tapered to form a smooth radius (1-1/8” inside and 1-1/4” outside) with 1/6” between and Attached with SS screws. The retaining rim around the bottom with the spout is 1-1/4 high. As for the screw mechanism it is from an 8 or 10” salvage yard SS Gate valve I stripped down for this purpose. The Legs and feet I cut from 1/4” SS plate with a Plasma Arc, for the foot design I traced the outline of a Muscadine leaf and with the Plasma Arc I cut out the leaf pattern for the feet. The Spout is about 15” off the floor just right for a 5 gal. Bucket to catch the juice. Place a mesh bag inside to keep skins from escaping with the Extracted juice, the skins are Dry and compacted when they come out of the press. You would be surprised how much can be reclaimed from pressing the skins.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Steve Cherry

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 02:42 PM

Nice! I just started making my own wine, only from kits so far. I’m on my third kit. Someday I’d like to do some wine from scratch. I’ll have to have one of these. Nice work.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 05:22 PM

Whoa, nice build here. You are a man of many talents, working in all ways wood & metal. I like the way you repurpose things like the gate valve screw. Fantastic.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 09:12 PM

What a great project on so many levels.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 10:19 PM

This is an awesome design! The pressing mechanism says that you mean business. I recently built a cider press…I clearly need to make some revisions :-).

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 10:28 PM

Thank you all so much, you are so kind, this was a fun project that really works good for its intent, hope I gave enough information for you to build one if you like, if not send me a PM I will try to answer your questions.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 02-22-2014 01:26 AM

Very Nice Work indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 02-22-2014 02:24 AM

You did a wonderful job on this piece

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 02-22-2014 11:47 AM

Another great project. Is this a better machine than the Grape Crusher, I guess they both do much the same thing, extract the juice from the grapes. Really like how you did the feet for the press, very cool idea. Is there going to be a wine tasting day some time soon? Actually I have no idea how long wine has to be bottled before it is ready to be opened. Any way, excellent job and I hope you produce some fine wines.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 02-22-2014 01:42 PM

The Crusher and the Press each do a different job, first the crusher crushes the Grapes and after fermentation the skins are pressed to reclaim the juices retained in them. Red wines need a year ageing longer the better, whites have a shorter ageing time most cases (I may stand to be corrected on ageing times by those who are more knowable on the ageing process) AS for the tasting give me a ring and come on over Mate. Thanks Dave may you have a great day—O’Neal

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 02-26-2014 03:06 AM

These presses are impressive (excuse the wording). I do just love all the engineering, craftsmanship, all the concepts, planning to create a well conceived idea happen!!!!!! Thanks for brightening and sharing these wonderful projects. You O’Neal’s have just energized me for at least a week. But first a glass of wine!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Александр Materkov

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#11 posted 05-21-2014 04:49 AM


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