How to Build a Cider Press

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make this easy-to-build cider press, and start enjoying homemade apple cider and apple jack.

cider apples
Check with a local orchard to find bruised or less than perfect apples for your cider making project.
Photo by Fotolia/Anthony Hall
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Figure 1. A supporting frame made of 2 x 4's and 4 x 4's, nailed and bolted together.
Illustrations by Jim Nowadnick
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Figure 4. A trough to collect the cider drippings.
Illustrations by Jim Nowadnick
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Figure 3. A screw to deliver the press' squeezing force.
Illustration by Jim Nowadnick
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Figure 2. An open-ended "basket"—in which the apples are crushed (made of vertical wooden slats held in place by two horizontal metal hoops).
Illustrations by Jim Nowadnick
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Figure 5.
Illustration by Jim Nowadnick

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