1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Fair warning to all the apples out there

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by lukem, May 26, 2013.

  1. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    I'm now armed. Picked this up today. All the castings are in good shape but the wood is shot. I have some oak stock I've been saving for this. Going to take everything apart and media blast the castings...build the frame... and make some cider this fall. IMG_20130526_195242_905.jpg
    BrianK, ScotO, briansol and 6 others like this.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,906
    Loc:
    Chelsea Maine
    Please post a picture of this when you have the rebuild done. Thanks
    ScotO and SmokeyTheBear like this.
  3. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    2,112
    Loc:
    Old Lyme CT
    Wait till SmokeyTheBear sees this !!!!!!!!!!!
    SmokeyTheBear likes this.
  4. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2008
    Messages:
    12,121
    Loc:
    Standish, ME
    Go for it lukem and once you press that cider harden some of it for those hot days the next summer. Be sure to use more than one kind of apple (three is the lower limit) in each cider batch.
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,816
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Luke, do you also have the tub for the chopped apples to fall into? And be careful about what you wish for. A neighbor and I built one a year ago last January and have not been able to use it yet! However, so far it appears we should have a decent apple crop this coming fall. Here is our setup.

    Cider press-1.JPG Cider press-2.JPG
    BrianK, ScotO, fishingpol and 2 others like this.
  6. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    It came with three baskets. They are pretty rough but the steel bands are salvageable.

    After getting the grinder apart I found a couple very small pits in the flywheel. I think they are defects from the initial casting...doesn't appear to effect the rotation so I'll just fill them with some JB and paint over.
  7. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana

    We put up 42 gallons of cider last year. We have 3 very large trees that we get apples from and have several more lined up for this year. Last year's cider was great...the apples were pretty "dry" but the juice we did get from them was so concentrated it tasted like caramel. I assume that was from the drought.

    I made 3 batches of hard cider and they all turned out great.
  8. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Tinkering away as time allows. Media basting done and paint underway. IMG_20130604_151708_877.jpg
    ScotO likes this.
  9. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Grinding drums in not bad shape. IMG_20130604_151741_153.jpg
    ScotO likes this.
  10. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Lumber for press cut to rough dimensions. Next stop...planer. IMG_20130604_151805_389.jpg
    ScotO likes this.
  11. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Going to give the paint several days to cure before assembly. Still need to media blast the press screw assembly...that's next on the list.
    ScotO likes this.
  12. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana

    Dennis,

    What kind of finish did you put on your wood? The lumber I'm working with is still a little green so I'm going to leave it unfinished for a while. I'm thinking about giving it a couple coatings of butcher block oil.
    ScotO likes this.
  13. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Making some progress. Time is tight but slowly chipping away. Had to improvise quite a bit because my lumber...mainly the 4x4's were not big enough. The lumber was sawn before I got the press...not much I could do. Just need to make the hopper and tub...and baskets...and a few misc hardware items that could not be salvaged. IMG_20130627_210123_541.jpg
    ScotO and Adios Pantalones like this.
  14. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Making some more progress. Was short a board for the hopper so need to plane down another this weekend. Finish up the tub...make a push plate and I'm done till I seal it this fall. The wood is still a bit wet so I'm going to wait as long as I can.

    Attached Files:

    ScotO and PapaDave like this.
  15. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    48,089
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    You're getting pretty close now. Looking good!
  16. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Yep, it won't be long. I've put quite a bit of time into this project, but in the end I'll have a pretty nice setup and only be into it for about $130.

    I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to do the tub yet. I have an old kitchen sink countertop cut-out sitting in there now that I'm using to mock up everything and kind of like it, but it's too short if I go with the traditional tapered spout opening at the end of the tub. I'm tempted to make the front square, drill a hole, and drive a small piece of schedule 40 in the hole for a drain.
  17. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Done.

    Attached Files:

    charly, pen, BrianK and 6 others like this.
  18. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    2,112
    Loc:
    Old Lyme CT
    I'll take a gallon;)
    lukem and ScotO like this.
  19. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Come on over.

    .
  20. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Messages:
    4,206
    Loc:
    Central IA
    that's awesome
    lukem and ScotO like this.
  21. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,906
    Loc:
    Chelsea Maine
    Sweet!
    lukem likes this.
  22. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    Lukem, that baby looks beautiful! You did a great job, can't wait to see it in action. I can almost taste that apple cider and a piece of gingerbread.....
    Backwoods Savage and lukem like this.
  23. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2008
    Messages:
    1,906
    Loc:
    Chelsea Maine
    Try that with a gingerbread whoopie pie or a hot apple crisp with ice cream. Yum........
    lukem and ScotO like this.
  24. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    10,348
    Loc:
    Bend, OR
    Too pretty to use. :rolleyes:
    lukem likes this.
  25. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana

    Heading to the beach next week for some R&R, but should be pressing cider shortly after we get back. It's usually a full tilt operation, but I'll try to get a few pictures along the way.

    Nah. I wanted to make sure I took my time and did it right so my kids can use it someday (if they want to). This was my first real woodworking project (I've done a lot of rough carpentry though). I learned a lot doing it. I don't think it turned out bad for a rookie.
    ScotO likes this.

Share This Page