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Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« on: June 04, 2012, 09:57:35 AM »
Hi,

My son would like to attempt building a cheese press, one with pulleys since the lever press gets in his way!   :o He is pretty experienced with woodworking and has Grandpa to help and he plans to get it finished to enter in the fair. 

I have plans for a lever press but can not find any for a press using pulleys.  Anyone know where I can order or find some? 

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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 10:03:50 AM »
I have the plans from cheesemaking.com for the dutch style press.  That is the type of press I am currently using and my son keeps bumping into the lever, that is why he would like to build one without the "stupid stick taking up half the counter".   :P

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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 10:41:07 AM »
there are many threads on the forum for cheese press's here is the thread that helped me build my press and there are many many others :)
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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 10:48:33 AM »
I am trying to find one without the arm on it.  That tends to be my sons problem.  He just can't seem to not bump into it!  lol 

I saw one someplace that had pulleys on each side that ran vertical on the side of the press.  And of course, now I can't find it anywhere.  It was the same size at the dutch press but without the arm length. 

Or even one with the spring weight would probably work. 

Personally, I like my dutch press.  It makes me keep the counters clean too!

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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2012, 01:53:25 PM »
That "stupid stick" is what gives the press it's mechanical advantage and efficiency. With pulleys, you still need a lever to pull down on, and the shorter the lever, the more weight that you will have to use. Spring presses are worthless.
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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012, 03:13:37 PM »
IMHO, pulley complexity, sanitation, etc, for a small scale like that are not worth the effort for the gained advantage. If you do not want to deal with the size of the arm, then pneumatic is a better solution. Of course, then have to deal with the tank/air lines. The physics and elegance of dutch/off-wall types make them a really good choice.
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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2012, 04:41:27 PM »
Have your son look at the sturdy press design. The lever is shorter than a dutch press, it could be fitted with pulleys, and it will press harder with less lever arm weight. PM me and I will send him the dimensions.

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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2012, 06:42:37 PM »
Smolt makes a great press. You might consider just buying one of his.
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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2012, 08:59:20 PM »
Sailors right But to me its the adventure of creating a masterpiece of yer own 8)
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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2012, 09:32:39 PM »
Sailors right But to me its the adventure of creating a masterpiece of yer own 8)

and that was from a real master!

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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2012, 09:44:19 PM »
 ^-^ thank you
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Re: Cheese Press Plans--Where to buy?
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2012, 12:09:40 AM »
Thanks for the replies! 

I will show him the sturdy press design.  He is a big kid, 6'3" and 17 so a bit gangly and times.  I suppose I could move the press to a different counter but I like it near the sink for draining issues.  It just always seems to be in his way.  :P

But if he is willing to make a press I won't complain! 

Tracy