Updated version of beekeeping press used for:
1) press-extraction of honey from honey comb;
2) hot-water & pressure rendering of wax from pressed-comb wax.
-- The press is intended to be used at an incline, i.e. back (crank) end elevated to allow natural drainage of honey & wax/water out front.
-- A sturdy pressing sack holding honey comb must be used.
-- A heavy grade of fine poly/cotton/linen fabric must be used for hot-water rendering of wax.
-- Keeping the pressing room warm (35C/95°F) is essential to keep honey flowing.
-- A bulldog/A-frame 1000-lbf. jack is used, disassembled, stripped, relubed with food-safe beeswax/mineral-oil (and kept coated externally with same).
-- It is inadvisable to use wood glues or epoxies in construction. All glues will fail during washing-up or hot-water application.
-- Food-grade stainless hardware only! Types 18/8 or 316 advisable. Zinc-plated or mild steel will corrode and taint your honey.
-- Prototype built of red oak and waterproof marine-grade plywood.
-- Food-grade plastic mesh on the piston and platen grid facings may be beneficially used.
Refer to youtube video Pressing Honey with the Templeton Press http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnu0UGxnJWA to see press in action.