Im making cider soon and just found a supply of free apples. I need to build a scratter to make pulp before i can press the juices. I know oak is the preferred wood for anything that touches the apple/juice. With that being said I do have an 8" diameter red oak branch in the wood pile that I could use to make a cylinder...my question is would anyone who's made cider/wine before use a piece of oak from their wood pile and how do i make sure it doesnt absorb juice and possibly contaminate my finished product? My idea is to cut the 8" diameter branch to an 8" length and use a lathe to skim off about 1-2 inches off the branch to get down to about a 6"Dx8"L cylinder then put some stainless steel screws into it. Do you think this would work?