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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:45 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I make chocolate from bean to bar and I would like to make my own cocoa butter press.
I have the plan but I need someone to make a custom metal part which would look like a very large piston. I tried to contact some machinist but without success. Is it because It is not what they do? Who would I need to contact?

Thank you very much in advance for your help

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:54 pm 
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That's basically a car pump jack on a stand.
All you need is your measurements and go down to your local steel stock holders and buy them cut to the length you want and either drill the bolt holes yourself or a small engineering firm would probably do it for you.



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I am wondering does thomasnowsun mean the silver bit in the 2nd picture? as the big red bit is a "20 tonne hydraulic shop press"
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Anywhere that make pipes/flanges could deliver the bottom part of the press. It's only a short cut-off length of stainless pipework with a sealing plate bolted to the flange - presumably drilling a few holes in it to allow the oils to flow out would suffice or maybe doing so around the edge of the flange???

The plunger part is again stainless made from stock with a nylon disc cut to a slide-fit. This is something any competent lathe user should easily accomplish.

Try a facebook plea locally - but if you can source the materials in advance it would make someone's decision to assist you that much easier.

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A local stainless steel fabricators would sort that without any bother.
There's plenty around that specialise in stainless work, while many other fabricators will happily work in many materials including the stainless.
Where abouts are you out of interest...

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Could you adapt a wine press? Something like this https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl= ... mrc&uact=8

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Hi someone-else,

Yes the piece I need is the silver part on the pict 2 and 3.


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Thank you kellys_eye I will have a look into your suggestions, this give me some other direction for my search.


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Thank you Hitch, I will try to contact some stainless steel fabricators around London UK where I am based.


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Hi London mike 61, this wine press looks good, I came across few while I was searching online but this one looks like it could be adapted to fit the purpose. I'll keep this as a plan B.


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thomasnowsun wrote:
Hi London mike 61, this wine press looks good, I came across few while I was searching online but this one looks like it could be adapted to fit the purpose. I'll keep this as a plan B.


No problem mate , hope you find what you need

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