Over the past weekend I purchased an old cider press from a lady in the Yakima Valley. It is a bit smaller than most of the antique presses I have seen, but that is OK as they all seem to weigh a thousand pounds. It had been in her family for 60 or so years, but I believe the press is older than that. The wood has been dried out and is somewhat brittle so I’m not sure if I can use a lot of the wood going forward or not. Probably not. One thing I wish was included with the cider press was the old cider hoppers that mount on top of the grinder. It must have been lost along the way, or broken. As I restore this press I was hoping to find others who have restored old cider presses, or grape presses, to get some good input. This is my first restoration project, and I’m not what you might call a professional woodworker. But it’s something that I enjoy, so it’s worth it. I hope to have this at least in working order for the 2009 Apple harvest. Here are some pictures of my new project.
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