j, you could chop the apples, wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze them between steel bowls. it depends on how much you want to make.
an old press was a short, slotted wooden barrel with a screw down that squeezed out the juice. you could make a smaller version with a wood clamp, bucket, and wood scraps, if you're mechanically inclined. my neighbor made one for his grapes and wants to try his hand at cider this year from my macintosh tree.
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