From the MAKE Flickr pool, user JohnnyT writes:
We had a bumper crop of apples this year so I decided to build my own cider press out of lumber we had around the house and 3/4inch threaded rod. I mortised a nut slightly into the board which does the pressing. As you turn the screw the pressing board travels down the shaft. There are some saw kerfs toward the bottom of the press for the juice to flow out. The pine does effect the flavor slightly. It’s not terribly unplesant, my wife didn’t even notice it until I pointed it out. I’m guessing real presses are made of hardwood like Oak or Ash. I’m going to give it another run this weekend and I have been soaking the wood in water. I’m curious if that will help reduce or eliminate the slight flavoring of the wood.
This is a not-so-subtle reminder that it is apple season. I grew up near an orchard and get really homesick at this time of the year!