Since I made my cider press last year, I have had numerous people ask me for the plans I used to build it. I couldn’t find any plans either so I sort of just starting cutting and drilling and painting. I figured that when it finally looked like a cider press, it would be done.
I suppose I did sort of congolomerate the ideas of plenty of folks and I added a few of my own so I can’t take all of the credit. My press is made soley of pine lumber. Hardwood is probably better but it costs more of course. I do sort of wish I would have had some plans when I was starting though so I will provide a few measurements that might help you build your own…
Click the image above to see the cider flowing. (Click here for a quicktime version)
By the way…you can see some of our first cider of 2009 over at Not Dabbling in Normal today.
Anyhow, here is my homemade cider press:
The length between the red and blue squares is 3 feet.
Between the red and green is 3 1/2 feet.
Between the green and brown is 1 foot.
I just added the yellow square because I thought it looked nice
The uprights are 2×4 pine and everything horizontal is 2×6 pine.
Hopefully these additional shots will help it all make more sense as well…