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1880’s Antique Apple Cider Press Restoration

When the Apple Cider Press arrived it was a mess, it had been neglected for many years it was left outside for a number of years and was deteriorating. The metal parts were rusting away and certain parts were of no use to its functionality anymore. At some point the front legs were replaced with fence posts fairly recently because they were pressure treated 4X4’s.

The press was completely torn down; all metal parts photographed and numbered then sent out for sandblasting and powder coated.

We wanted to rebuild the Apple Cider Press as close to original as possible. This turned out to be a challenge indeed; we could not find a picture of what it was supposed to look like when it was originally made. We had the date and the manufacture but sadly could not find anything that was even close to our Apple Cider Press. We did however have the wooden parts that it came in with imagining that whoever replaced the broken or worn out parts hopefully made them as close as possible. We also had the owner who remembered it from his childhood days which he recalled his Grandfather using it to make Apple Cider.

So we began rebuilding it from scratch out of solid quarter sawn White Oak ranging in thickness from 2/4 – 8/4. I built the two front legs out of 6/4 with the cross member out of 8/4 through Mortised and Tenoned together. The platform in which the actual press would sit was made out of 6/4 and blind Mortised and Tenoned into the front cross member. The rear legs are also 6/4 full dado on to the platform to which the press sits.

The apple shoot was constructed out of 8/4 and the inner slats were hand routed out of the thickness. This was by far the hardest part of the entire build. 6/4 boards were ripped down and made into a skirt so the apples would be trapped. It’s hard to see in the photo’s but the front is also scooped out.

Next I had to build a bucket worthy of our new press not to hard I ripped some stock down to 1 1/4 set my table saw’s blade to an angle and ran them all through. Next I set up the drill press centered a hole and drilled them all. We had a custom piece of copper made for the straps 1/4 X 1 Drilled a hole centering all the slats and put our bucket together.

We finally got our newly powder coated parts back and assembled our press to all of its glory as seen in these photo’s (Click Link). A little gold leaf to make the writing on the press stand out and it’s done.

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Jan Berkowitz Begins Restoration of Vintage Harley Davidson Motorcycle

(1888PressRelease) Jan Berkowitz spent many hours online searching and traveled throughout the US looking for the parts he needed to complete the bike.

New York, NY; Jan Berkowitz recently began restoration work on his 1946 Knucklehead Harley Davidson and plans to complete the project in mid 2012.

Jan Berkowitz received the vintage Harley Davidson as a heirloom from an old friend. Motorcycles, especially Harley Davidson’s, have always been a part of the Berkowitz family. Jan Berkowitz started working on motorcycles at the early age of 12 on weekends and has continued to do so ever since.

Jan Berkowitz owns a newer model bike but was thrilled when an old friend handed down the vintage Harley. “This motorcycle was my old friends pride and joy.” said Jan Berkowitz. “He spent a lot of time on the open rode with this motorcycle and I am thrilled to bring it back to its original beauty and performance.”

This project began as soon as Jan received the motorcycle. Restoration can be difficult because parts are so hard to come by. Jan Berkowitz spent many hours online searching and traveled throughout the US looking for the parts he needed to complete the bike.

The 1946 Knucklehead was replaced with the Panhead in 1948. The Knucklehead received it’s name due to the distinct shape of the rocker boxes; a Knucklehead engine has two round knobs on the cover that resemble knuckles. The Knucklehead engine is a two cylinder, 45 degree, pushrod actuated overhead valve V-twin engine with two valves per cylinder.

Jan Berkowitz is scheduled to begin working on the bike this week and believes it will be complete by summer of 2012; perfect timing for great riding weather. Jan Berkowitz has his very own garage to accommodate restoration of the bike.

About Jan Berkowitz

Jan Berkowitz has been a bike enthusiast for most of his life. He began working on motorcycles at the age of 12 and it has been his passion ever since. Jan spends a lot of time travelling throughout the US via motorcycle; a pastime which he enjoys. Jan Berkowitz has dedicated a lot of time to studying the history and mechanics of Harley Davidson motorcycles and strongly believes they are the best bike on the market.

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