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« on: February 09, 2017, 09:56:55 PM »
I have stopped production of the sturdypress. I want to thank all the folks on this forum for their support over the last seven years.  I have put together a set of plans. It is a work in progress which means it needs more work and input from DIYers, but complete enough to make a press.I have changed the plans slightly to make it possible to build without a full shop so more beginning cheese makers can partake in the "rite of passage " of making their own press. I will stick around to put my 2 cents in on any new and exotic designs (Andy), but I have to say, getting old sucks. :)

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2017, 06:29:50 AM »
Sorry to hear you are stopping production Bob.  I guess the one you sent me this week was in the last production run.  It went together easily and work great btw!  Thank you for your years of service and another big thank you for being gracious enough to make the plans available!  Have a cheese!
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2017, 07:47:24 AM »
Then I was lucky to get one of the presses you made. I have 2 of your masterpieces and I second Duntov on how great it is working. Thank you so much for the presses and your generosity.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2017, 09:18:28 AM »
And so ends an era. The best press on the market is no more. Years from now those still using one will talk of it's perfection and young cheesemakers will search the markets for used ones to purchase so that they can say "I have an original SturdyPress."  Sorry to hear you're going out of business Bob but let me personally thank you from all of your customers, and those you simply gave the plans to, for achieving excellence and bringing it to the market.  As a Master Toolmaker, that designs machines for a living, I have to say that you sir, are a true Master Craftsman and have placed something in the world that has set the standard for all that follow to live up to.  I am delighted to know you and wish you the best in whatever is to follow in your life.  Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2017, 10:07:26 AM »
Thank you for the kind words

Duntov, yes you got the last one.

AnnDee, I learned from you that shipping to far off places is not that hard, just costly.

Al, WOW, I just try to think of the whole thing as described by a phrase attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson.... " build a better mouse trap ".

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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2017, 12:31:28 PM »
Well you certainly did that my friend.  Time will prove my words to be true.  Hope you and I are around to see it. ;)
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2017, 08:18:59 PM »
Bob, what distinguishes your design above so many others (certainly including my own!!) is the mark of superb engineering - not complexity, but elegant simplicity that just works. Thanks for making your plans available to all.
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2017, 11:08:57 PM »
Thank you Andy. My goal with the small changes in these plans is to make the building of the press even easier by using off the shelf lumber ( no planer required )where most cross cuts can be made at the lumber yard. Changing the plunger from square to round (wood dowel or PVC water pipe ). That eliminates the table saw.Some little tricks for drilling a vertical hole ( no drill press ). Of course this means a lot of "elbow grease " and sand paper to get from rustic to crafted, but either way the cheese being presses still feels the same PSI.

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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2017, 02:40:38 PM »
Bob, what distinguishes your design above so many others (certainly including my own!!) is the mark of superb engineering - not complexity, but elegant simplicity that just works. Thanks for making your plans available to all.

Andy, I love the design of your compound press and that it is so compact.  My decision to go with the Sturdy Press is many fold.  Although I can build a balanced, blueprinted and blown 800 hp LS engine, I don't have the proper tools for woodworking.  The Sturdy Press is simple, effective, very affordable and available when I needed.  If you should go into production of your design and a fair price, I would jump on it.   ;)
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2017, 12:17:57 PM »
Bob, what distinguishes your design above so many others (certainly including my own!!) is the mark of superb engineering - not complexity, but elegant simplicity that just works. Thanks for making your plans available to all.

Andy, I love the design of your compound press and that it is so compact.  My decision to go with the Sturdy Press is many fold.  Although I can build a balanced, blueprinted and blown 800 hp LS engine, I don't have the proper tools for woodworking.  The Sturdy Press is simple, effective, very affordable and available when I needed.  If you should go into production of your design and a fair price, I would jump on it.   ;)

Thanks, John. Compared to the highly functional, elegant simplicity of Bob's design, my own design is awfully complex, especially in the original version. It is very effective, but not simple, and it is affordable only if you happen to 1) have materials on hand, and 2) like making things, and 3) count the time involved as fun rather than as work. :)

I did draw up a slightly simpler design, just using wood (dispensing with the acme screw mechanism) - Mal made one based on the plans I published, and gave at least one report on using it. Maybe when I retire, I'll work on further simplifying the design, and start offering it for sale ... but meanwhile, I suppose I'd better get back to work on my "real job."
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