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Old 06-18-2010, 05:39 PM   #1
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Has anyone seen plans for making a homemade fruit press or crusher? I'm a fairly handy sort of woodworker who would like the challenge of building my own. My ideas mostly start with the use of a doctors stool (the metal kind that you screw the seat up and down to raise and lower) and modify it to make the press. Ideas?

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Old 06-18-2010, 06:04 PM   #2
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I didnt really make a set of plans for mine but I used a ShopFox Vise assembly which is sold seperately and which works pretty darn good at pressing. Just should have taken the time to save up some white oak to build it instead of the pine but it works well and if I dont come up with some money this year I might make a better assembly for it this winter as my white oak supply(scraps from work) is getting pretty big again.




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That is awesome Wade. I have to give you a big thumbs up on that design.
I have thought about making one, but so far my brother hasn't come thru with the main thing I need from him and the farm he works on.
They have some 15" PVC piping that I wanted to start with and then use a poly cutting board to make the press part.

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Wade - you should build those and sell them!!! That is awesome!!

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That is extremely nice Wade. The screw mechanism is almost identical to the one I got from the stool that I have and I have lots of Red Oak to use for the rest.

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[Try welding a nut on the screw and using a impact hammer, either battery or air operated?

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Great press Wade,Got to get me a shop fox......Upper

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Just remember that you dont want a lot of pressure on most as it will extract to much tannins.

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Hey Wade What did you use for the bands around the basket? It looks like that "plumbers tape"

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Copper strapping, Yes plumbers straps with stainless screws.

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