Last minute press and grinder hacking

Fragmentary notes on recent hectic progress:

  • Turned steel adapter to thread on end of hydraulic ram
  • Jointed, planed, cut to length, slotted basswood and maple for 6 large press grates
  • Saturated press grate stock with hot paraffin
  • Formed plastic shields for grinder
  • Modified McMaster HDPE juice pan
  • Ordered closed-cell PE foam spaghetti for charging accumulator
  • Machined36T sprocket to receive larger chainrings
  • Machined adapter to port to SCBA tank accumulator
  • Machined adapter shaft for Tunturi exercycle flywheel
  • Modified pump mounting setup to accommodate flywheel

Lots more to be done (and thanks to Holly, Brandon, and Keith for all your help) but we’re within striking distance.

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One Response to “Last minute press and grinder hacking”

  1. Brandon Says:

    HI Ben,

    Last night, I screwed together the joists and planks for the cider press base. It still needs a little chamfering and sanding, but it’s functional. (Also, it’s lighter than I thought. I don’t know why I was worried about it being too heavy.) I have the threaded rod, the 2×6 clamp pieces, and some beefy lag bolts for attaching to the frame. Ready for assembly tomorrow– huzzah!

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