How to Make a Cheese Press

This cheese press is made of basic materials that you can cut and assemble at home. It will handle an average wheel of 2 pounds, or you can make up to a 10 pound wheel with it.


  1. 1
    Cut 1/2" holes at either end of all three boards. Align them with each other, and leave enough space between them to accommodate the scale you will use.
  2. 2
    Cut (counter-board) two recessed holes on 2x4 that forms the bottom plank. Make them wide and deep enough to hold standard nuts and washers.
  3. 3
    Place a set of nuts and washers onto the ends of the threaded rods, about an inch from the end. Run the threaded rods through the holes in the base. Then screw the base down with another set of lock nuts and washers. The recessed holes are so that the finished press will sit flat on a table or bench. You should now have the base sandwiched between nuts and washers at the bottom end of the threaded rods.
  4. 4
    Put a second set of nuts a short distance up the threaded rods. Place washers on top. The second board may not rest on these washers when the mold is in place, but it keeps the lower 1x4 from getting a bigger hole that can cause uneven tops on cheese wheels.
  5. 5
    Place board two over the threaded rods. It will rest on the washers from the previous step.
  6. 6
    Place a washer then a spring and another washer on each threaded rod, in that order.
  7. 7
    Place board three over the threaded rods. It will rest on top of the springs and the uppermost washers.
  8. 8
    Screw washers and wing nuts down on the top board.
  9. 9
    Fashion your mold. Use PVC pipe 4-6" in diameter and 6-7" tall. Drill holes about 1" apart for drainage.
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    Cut round wooden followers. They are needed to fill up the mold. When assembled, they will extend out of the mold and contact board 2.
  11. 11
    Cut a rectangle of clear plastic. Screw it to the top board as shown.
  12. 12
    Calibrate the springs. Put the mold on top of the bathroom scale between the two rods. Gradually tighten the wing nuts. As the plastic card goes past the middle board, draw or scribe lines at 10 pound increments. If you found springs rated for 40 pounds/inch, the marks should fall 14 inch (0.6 cm) apart, but mark the card for the force your springs actually exert.


  • Get springs that are rated 40 pounds/inch or more. This means compressing the spring by one inch and exerts 40 lbs of force, so 14 inch (0.6 cm) would exert 10 pounds force.
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    If you want to use this press for large cheddar wheels, you can buy a mold and top hat mail order. The drip tray can be a large plastic box from any discount store.

Things You'll Need

  • All materials are available at your local hardware store, except a decent spring.
  • Wood 2X4, 18" long (cut one)
  • Wood 1X4, 15" long (cut two)
  • Two 1/2" threaded rods at least 15" long; 18" is best
  • Two 1/2" wing nuts
  • Six 1/2" hex (standard) nuts
  • Two 1/2" nylon lock nuts
  • Ten 1/2" flat washers
  • Four cork or rubber feet
  • A rectangle of plastic and two small screws
  • Two springs, rated 40 pounds/inch (so 1" movement is 40 lbs pressure and 1/4" is 10 pounds).
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    Drip tray. Try a silverware or organizer box. Choose something easy to clean.
  • PVC pipe about 5" diameter by 6" tall for mold
  • One to three 1" thick wood followers
  • Two 2" thick wood followers (followers must fit inside mold).

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