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Title: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Neil on January 15, 2014, 07:57:35 PM
I realize the strength of one of the 1.5" boards would have probably been more than enough on its own but I liked the stability and versatility of using a ladder setup.  I also have a double pulley that I can use from any of the black support points with the other point being on the kick board under the cabinet.  The press on it's own weights 15.8 lbs. 

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Post by: Digitalsmgital on January 15, 2014, 09:31:24 PM
Wow, that is a very cool permanent installation! I like the " off the wall" moniker!
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Post by: Spoons on January 15, 2014, 09:56:31 PM
Very nice, Neil! That's going to press some serious PSI.
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Post by: cowboycheese on January 16, 2014, 04:37:12 PM
Love it. A cheese for your efforts!
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Rizzo on May 04, 2014, 04:23:06 PM
Hi Neil

Nice job..Here are a couple of pics of mine, made in finger jointed pine, and using an old boat rudder fitting mounted on the wall.
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: H-K-J on May 04, 2014, 08:48:08 PM
Cool!!! U Needuh cheese
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Rizzo on May 04, 2014, 09:17:47 PM
Yes, your'e right..lol.  Cheese will be in there next weekend all being well.  I just finished making the press yesterday, but the 'dry run' suggests it should work ok.  Lever arm is 750mm with pivot at 150mm, which means I need just 7kg weight to deliver 35kg.
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Rizzo on May 08, 2014, 10:12:55 PM
Here is the cheese...a Derby.
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: SamWiseCA on May 30, 2014, 02:33:05 PM
How did it work out?   I am going to make something very similar this weekend (If I can get some garage time).   
I have yet to make my first cheese, But I can see how this press will fit perfectly into my space, and more importantly, budget.
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Rizzo on May 30, 2014, 03:58:01 PM
Works great.  No more balancing milk bottles full of sand and bricks on the old wobbly one.  This is as smooth as silk, has a ratio of 5 to one, and uses minimal weights to obtain a good press. Its a pleasure to use.
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: SamWiseCA on June 01, 2014, 08:19:59 AM
Thank Rizzo!  Done deal, after looking at all these crazy contraptions, parts to lose, dorp, assemble, disassemble, this design is just the KISS approach.  I will be making a home depot run soon and start to put one together :)   
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Rizzo on June 01, 2014, 07:08:53 PM
Yeap. that's what I like about it. And when its not in use, it folds up and sits in a cupboard. The only sign it was ever there is a bracket on the wall.  Don't forget to post pix.
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Mboyles on June 25, 2014, 09:13:16 PM
Being a woodworker, I really appreciate the beauty of these wood presses. I took a little different approach though on my first press attempt. I have attached a couple of pictures. It is a parallel arm design that keeps the press surface flat through its movement range. It is made of aluminum and has no welding. It all bolts together. It is pneumatic and operates with a simple toggle switch. It also swings out of the way when flipping the cheese. The press force adjusts easily by adjusting the cylinder pressure on the regulator. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out but I am new to cheese making and only time will tell if it will work well.
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Post by: Mboyles on June 25, 2014, 09:18:19 PM
Here is another picture. Sorry I don't know how to rotate them so they post correctly.
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: awakephd on June 26, 2014, 08:28:49 AM
Here you go.

I use an open-source program called imagemagick to do all sorts of manipulations to pictures, including rotation and re-sizing for posting. It runs as a command-line program under Linux; probably also available under Windows/Mac. (Yes, in addition to being a cheese geek, I'm a computer geek!) For a GUI program, gimp is the cats meow for open-source programs, but it takes a few more steps to accomplish these sorts of tasks. In case you want the command I used to rotate and resize your pictures, here it is: convert image.jpg -strip -resize 1024x768 -quality 60 -rotate 90 press1.jpg

Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Mboyles on June 26, 2014, 04:29:43 PM
Thanks awakephd!
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Post by: Rizzo on June 26, 2014, 05:34:58 PM
Wow! that's amazing...A cheese for that, Sir !
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Post by: Mboyles on June 27, 2014, 08:27:57 PM
Thanks Rizzo, that' s my first cheese!
Title: Re: My shot at a off the wall press
Post by: Rizzo on June 28, 2014, 02:44:39 AM
 ;D