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lakeside53
10-04-2014, 10:06 PM
So.... I like the Wife's Key Lime pie. But... Last time I was told - "you squeeze the little beggars". Frigg. Nasty little things (about 1 - 1.25 inch diameter - 1/3 of the size of "normal" lime). Hard, don't work for beans with normal citrus juicers and just plain misery to get decent extraction. Hand held juicers are still a lot of work on old hands, and commercial presses are stupidly expensive. Hmmm... I have a shop press, and half a day. lol


Wasn't "allowed" to use aluminum (not safe, yada yada yada..) so... a little scrap 316 stainless. It won't corrode and can be put in the dishwasher etc, and PRESTO - juice! Almost took longer to cut them in half than to press them!

The enemy :

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5520Custom_zps0da0ce5a.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5520Custom_zps0da0ce5a.jpg.html)

The end result :
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5526Custom_zpsd4177ef7.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5526Custom_zpsd4177ef7.jpg.html)

The "gold" ( before filtering)
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5529Custom_zps8975665f.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5529Custom_zps8975665f.jpg.html)

The setup:

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5523Custom_zps191f3ab0.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5523Custom_zps191f3ab0.jpg.html)

lakeside53
10-04-2014, 10:07 PM
Details :

Place half of a Key Lime in holder, insert top and press. Done!

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5522Custom_zpsee31a6bf.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5522Custom_zpsee31a6bf.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5527Custom_zps3acee59e.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5527Custom_zps3acee59e.jpg.html)

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff150/lakeside53/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5528Custom_zpsa2d3b5f3.jpg (http://s238.photobucket.com/user/lakeside53/media/Key%20Lime%20juicer/AND_5528Custom_zpsa2d3b5f3.jpg.html)


And yes, a 3 ton ratcheting press is overkill!

mattthemuppet
10-04-2014, 10:17 PM
Ooh, that's fancy! I thought you were just going to squeeze them between two plates, nice job.

Now you can squeeze just about anything - works well for lysing bacteria too :)

lakeside53
10-04-2014, 10:19 PM
I was thinking Salmon eyeballs (was filleting fish today). :)

But it would sure crush garlic!

john hobdeclipe
10-04-2014, 10:19 PM
I love it!!!

lakeside53
10-04-2014, 11:01 PM
If Black Forest had built it he'd already have an auto loader and bottling plant on the output ;)

wierdscience
10-05-2014, 12:48 AM
Not to mention belt fed and surrounded by lovely young females :D

Nice job on the squeezer!

mattthemuppet
10-05-2014, 01:40 AM
I know that if I were in the same situation I'd now be obsessed by fitting different things to crush..

mattthemuppet
10-05-2014, 01:44 AM
That was finding not fitting, fracking android fibkets

browne92
10-05-2014, 11:47 AM
Love it.

Reminds me of a post from the old rec.crafts.metalworking newsgroup. Guy's wife needed apples cored. Forrestner bit in the drill press. She couldn't figure out how he got them done so fast.

CarlByrns
10-05-2014, 02:21 PM
Love it.

Reminds me of a post from the old rec.crafts.metalworking newsgroup. Guy's wife needed apples cored. Forrestner bit in the drill press. She couldn't figure out how he got them done so fast.

I remember that one!

Just peeked in on RCM- what a mess of racist idiots and adults behaving like little brats. Truly a shame.

Paul Alciatore
10-06-2014, 01:47 PM
But how long for the clean up?

Great idea. I'm still chuckling.

And great lime press. I love Key Lime Pie.



Love it.

Reminds me of a post from the old rec.crafts.metalworking newsgroup. Guy's wife needed apples cored. Forrestner bit in the drill press. She couldn't figure out how he got them done so fast.

Rustybolt
10-06-2014, 02:27 PM
Nicely done, sir.

Mike Burch
10-06-2014, 04:05 PM
Reminds me of a mate many years ago who used his mother's washing machine to extract apple juice to make cider.
Mama's reaction was not reported.

lakeside53
10-06-2014, 04:59 PM
What they don't know won't hurt them (or you) ;)

I had a brilliant idea 20 years ago - use an old garbage compactor I took out of a remodel, as a cider press. My mistake was telling that I would... heck, it would have cleaned up.

lakeside53
10-06-2014, 05:03 PM
But how long for the clean up?

Great idea. I'm still chuckling.

And great lime press. I love Key Lime Pie.


Clean up? Almost zero. NO mess on the Arbor press (the flattened limes went into the compost); everything part of the juicer is 316 stainless (and now polished). I tossed all the parts into the dish washer and SWMBO packed them away in a box for future use. I guess she thinks it's all ok. lol