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It is apple time again and this year have been extra generous with apples. I have allways used one of those kitchen juicers and they are ok-ish for half a litre ro so. But i have apples by the wheelbarrels and more serious means is needed.

A quick websearch revealed a lot of solutions but not many was siple and elegant. Most were over-done and expensive. As so often before Mathias Wandel was a help: http://woodgears.ca/cider/apple_grinder.html

This is made of 100×40mm construction pine and 27×110mm larch terrase boards. And some scraps. And a piece of firewood for the drum (pear i think)

Most parts are pretty straight forward to make. Two piezes was a bit of a challenge though:


The wheel is made from an old shipping crate cut out in 3 piezes with a jigsaw. Then glued together, screwed to the axle and turned true in place with a scraper iron and just some wood clamped to the frame to support the iron.


The drum i spent a lot of time figuring how to make without wobble. The solution is elegant and simple: Put it in place, turn on motor and use the router!

Being made quickly and with cheap materials i expected this project to be a little ackward and inefficient to use. And it is no at all! It takes about 2 minutes to grind 2 large buckets of apples, then 2 more minutes to load the pulp into the press and 5 minutes to press it and empty the press again. Made 30 litres in a short while yesterday. By far the most time consuming part is to bottle the whole batch and clean the machine and the cloth used.

I really enjoyed this project and had fun building it.

Hope the images explaines all the detals. Let me know what you think!

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Great useful project. I love it. It is nice that your son can get in on the action of making cider,too.
..............cheers, Jim
 

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Neat machine. I'm not trying to be critical but if your letting little fingers in the area I would put a guard over the belt.
 

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Neat project. Thanks for the links to the others.
 

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Great project! When can I come borrow it? LOL

L/W
 

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Thanks for your comments. Allways a pleasure sharing projects here.
@L/W: You can come and borrow ANY time!
 

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Great looking project!

Better looking Son!

Please put a guard on that belt!

If nothing else it will teach him safety first.
 

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Making apple cider is a wonderful time. Helped a friends family make it for a few years before he moved,
and it was a blast. They lived out in the country, so we hauled the wheelbarrows of pulp out to a
meadow, and the deer and a few bears cleaned it up in a week.
 

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We have deers as well but no bears- I think they were made extinct in the late middle ages around here. Would love to have them around though.
 

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This is really cool. I really like the design and function of it. Great job
 

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Nice press and grinder. I juiced about 15 liters this Fall (in a juicer) and pretty much decided it was the last time. Next year I either buy the sweet cider to ferment or build myself a press and grinder.
 

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Great job on that press. It looks like something I could use. I know lots of people who just let their apples go to waste. I could make my own cider too!

Thanks for the idea. I put it as a favorite!! I need another project!!
....................Jim
 

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Jim: I woud be honored if this could inspire you to get in the workshop. A skilled man like you could make the wole set in about a weekend.
When i posted this i made way too much juice and as a test i let a batch sit in a lidded contaner. Now it has already by it self turned into a nice, rich cider in a quiality that i think i have only fond in France.

Good luck!
 

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I want to drink fresh juice.
 
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