Homemade Tobacco Press

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Flyfish Falls
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Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:29 pm

To begin this story, I used to smoke both cigars and pipe, I smoked a lot more cigars than I did a pipe. Then for some reason unbeknownst to me, I gave up the cigars and switched almost exclusively to the pipe. That was about 14 or 15 years ago. There was nowhere near the information about pipe tobacco then as there is now. So what I did (regrettably now...wish that I had aged them instead)) was to throw whatever tobaccos that I didn't like into a container, and let them set there. As I kept adding to the 'scrap pile' as I called it, I accumulated quite a bit of tobacco. While I never disposed of it, I kept adding things to the mix....coffee, chocolate, spices, and thing that I can't even remember. The tobacco was exposed to extreme temperatures of heat and cold over the years. About three years ago, I put it all into jars, and simply labeled them 'OLD'.
Well now, with so many discussions on the subject, I decided to press them into cakes. At first, I actually tried to press them inside of tobacco tins. I wax papered the bottoms of the tins, stuffed the tobacco inside, wax papered the top, and screwed on the lids. It partially worked. While not a compressed cake, what I ended up with was a sort of crumble cake. Not too bad, but not what I wanted. So then, the idea of the pasta presses evolved. While it sounded good, the idea of these cheap Chinese presses didn't impress me very much. I figured them to be cheap Chinese garbage (IMHO), and didn't think that one could apply much pressure to them without breaking, as well as having to press 1" circles. While many have declared success with these presses, they weren't my 'cup of tea'.
So what I finally contrived was the following press comprised of the following:

3" Muffler Exhaust Adapter (about $4.00 at Auto Supply Store
2-3" Round Stainless Steel Discs (about $14.00 on Ebay)
1 4" C Clamp from Harbor Freight (about $4.00)
So about for about the cost of a Chinese Pasta Press, you could build a press like this.

One note... the 3" round steel discs were a bit too tight inside the Muffler Adapter, so I had to take them to a muffler shop to have them expanded just a tad (maybe a 1/16". Also, I had a steel plate that I placed on the bottom of the Adapter (as you will see in photo), rather than sandwiching the tobacco between the two round discs, but that's only because I had it. Sandwiching the tobacco between the two round discs works perfectly!

And lastly, that black dab you see on the table surface, and the black around the adapter ring is moisture that came out of the tobacco after only one day! I had to place the press on some newspaper.

So after this lengthy story, here is what it looks like.....

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Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:26 pm

Flyfish Falls wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:29 pm
To begin this story, I used to smoke both cigars and pipe, I smoked a lot more cigars than I did a pipe. Then for some reason unbeknownst to me, I gave up the cigars and switched almost exclusively to the pipe. That was about 14 or 15 years ago. There was nowhere near the information about pipe tobacco then as there is now. So what I did (regrettably now...wish that I had aged them instead)) was to throw whatever tobaccos that I didn't like into a container, and let them set there. As I kept adding to the 'scrap pile' as I called it, I accumulated quite a bit of tobacco. While I never disposed of it, I kept adding things to the mix....coffee, chocolate, spices, and thing that I can't even remember. The tobacco was exposed to extreme temperatures of heat and cold over the years. About three years ago, I put it all into jars, and simply labeled them 'OLD'.
Well now, with so many discussions on the subject, I decided to press them into cakes. At first, I actually tried to press them inside of tobacco tins. I wax papered the bottoms of the tins, stuffed the tobacco inside, wax papered the top, and screwed on the lids. It partially worked. While not a compressed cake, what I ended up with was a sort of crumble cake. Not too bad, but not what I wanted. So then, the idea of the pasta presses evolved. While it sounded good, the idea of these cheap Chinese presses didn't impress me very much. I figured them to be cheap Chinese garbage (IMHO), and didn't think that one could apply much pressure to them without breaking, as well as having to press 1" circles. While many have declared success with these presses, they weren't my 'cup of tea'.
So what I finally contrived was the following press comprised of the following:

3" Muffler Exhaust Adapter (about $4.00 at Auto Supply Store
2-3" Round Stainless Steel Discs (about $14.00 on Ebay)
1 4" C Clamp from Harbor Freight (about $4.00)
So about for about the cost of a Chinese Pasta Press, you could build a press like this.

One note... the 3" round steel discs were a bit too tight inside the Muffler Adapter, so I had to take them to a muffler shop to have them expanded just a tad (maybe a 1/16". Also, I had a steel plate that I placed on the bottom of the Adapter (as you will see in photo), rather than sandwiching the tobacco between the two round discs, but that's only because I had it. Sandwiching the tobacco between the two round discs works perfectly!

And lastly, that black dab you see on the table surface, and the black around the adapter ring is moisture that came out of the tobacco after only one day! I had to place the press on some newspaper.

So after this lengthy story, here is what it looks like.....

Image
Been cogitating on a press for a while now
Seems like a sound design
Seems like a cost effective design
Seems like I need to clone your design
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Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:32 pm

Incredibly cool!
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