Very cool.Just finished and used my homemade press and it worked like a champ. You can’t see from the pictures but in the outer bucket is a 5 gallon with many holes Drilled into it and a clean paint straining bag folded over over the skins under the press plate. Also there’s adjustable feet under the legs to allow angling for the just to run towards the valve on the rubbermaid. This creates Lots of pressure from the jack between the top and section so if you make one use lots of reinforcement strappings, L brackets, gussets, etc. between to joints so they don’t flex/separate, learned that after the first use.
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Wow, looks great. Thanks for sharing. Good job!Here is a dual purpose apple/wine press I made around 8 years ago. I have a lot of apple trees as well as a small vineyard. The device consists of a stainless steel sink, new garbage disposal and a press with a basket I made from red oak. The cut up apples are placed in the sink. The disposal macerates the apples which are then deposited in the basket lined with a nylon fruit press bag. I then slide the basket forward and use a hydraulic jack to press the juice from the apples. Then I take the pomace and use it as fertilizer in my garden. For grapes, I run them through my crusher,remove the stems and then put them in the nylon bag for pressing. Works like a charm! I always clean and sanitize everything with Starsan.
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Polyurethane does indeed "solve" the issue.Actually the staves are thoroughly coated with polyurethane, I don’t think there will be a problem for as little time the juice is in contact with the wood.