Thanks for the ideas so far. I'd like to do this without spending a ton of money and as I have no scrap white oak laying around I will be buying it all for this project. With that said, the dimensions of each half moon plate is approximately 7 1/4 inches wide by 14 1/2 inches long, so boards of that width in 8/4 thickness are kind of pricey. That's why I liked the idea of glueing boards but given the advice so far that may not be ideal. The best would be to get 2 pieces of 8/4 white oak that are 8 inches wide and shape it from there but something that wide and thick is expensive. I'm thinking the best option now is sing two 4/4 pieces that are 8 inches wide in perpendicular layers to make a final product that will be thick enough.
I'm intrigued by the plastic cutting board idea. Do you have any pictures of that? How thick is that?
* I really don’t care if food contact grade material is above the level where the liquid goes, as such I could see using a laminate/ glue on upper blocks. I could see carbon fiber on upper blocks, or black locust, or red oak, etc > strength, , titanium if you find it!
* do you have access to old pallets? about 10% are oak, look on Craigslist
* do you have access to blocks/ chocks used in shipping, there are a variety of sizes as 1.5 x 1.5 by length, 3 x 3 by length etc. most of these are oak, some will be 18” long and some are 10’.
* my traditional press (old) has a screw through a top casting (can take a solid round). The original plates were not all oak
* photos/ ideas ? if you look through old posts lots of us have put up pictures
* photo? ,,, heres the old collection tray (new is stainless, plywood, 3x3 oak, plastic)
and some new press parts (I am industry so don’t like wood food contact)
always like a photo
I have several SS pots (baskets) but the biggest so far is a ten inch.
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I will put a plate with holes under the basket/ cake, or a plastic mesh (circle cut out of a polyethylene cutting board/ mesh that came with a pizza delivery box.) PE would prevent scratches.
I also have several sizes of PVC pipe with holes drilled on the side that I have used as press baskets. My next change will be to figure out a way to hinge or pin the PVC to break the cake out.
Not asked, but I put acrylic rounds on top of the cake and under the wood blocks, it seems easier to clean than wood.