Make your own apple cider by following our do-it-yourself instructions on how to convert a washing machine into a cider press.
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A close-up of the apparatus I constructed to convert the family washing machine into a cider press.
Diagram: Cider press cutaway: how to convert a Maytag washing machine into a cider press.
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Make your own cider with an old washing machine, a few DIY skills and, of course, a lot of apples.
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We line the washer basket with nylon and fiberglass to prevent the pump's clogging with pulp.
The plywood brace fits around the agitator shaft, and the PVC "fruit chute" directs the apples to the shredder, which is made from the plywood and over 400 panel nails.