At present, a retail rosin press will set you back anyplace from $300 to a grand and up. Which is fine if you have bongo bucks, but the rest of us would just as quickly locate a more affordable option for extracting rosin. For these who want a solvent-significantly less extraction approach which is assured to be cost-free of damaging chemical substances, rosin is the way to go.

We located a bargain approach of rosin extraction courtesy of HowToWeed, the MacGyver of cannabis. The video is under and we created written guidelines that adhere to it.


Factors you will want:

  • The exact same hair-straightener you have been applying
  • Two wooden blocks
  • J.B. Weld, higher-heat formula
  • A fruit press
  • Common hand-tools and supplies – screwdrivers, measuring tape, marker, hammer, chisel, sandpaper, electrician’s tape

The fruit press will nevertheless be usable as a fruit press. Which is an fantastic suggestion for squeezing some orange juice to go along with your other refreshments when you are completed.


Step a single: Tear down the hair-straightener

We know, your beloved hair-straightener has been with you via lots of a flattened bud. But do not be concerned, we can rebuild it. Improved, stronger than it was ahead of. Disassemble the hair-straightener till you have the plastic shell removed, saving the hot plates, electronics, and wiring intact and functional.


Step two: Prep the wooden blocks

You will want to affix the plates to the blocks with some precision. So very first, mark the center of every single block with the measuring tape and marker.

marking the center of wooden blocks

Location the plates on the blocks and do an outline to show exactly where the plates will go.

outlining the plates on the wood

Use a hammer and chisel to score some grooves out of the wood. We’re going to use J.B. Weld to attach the plates to wooden blocks, except J.B. Weld does not come about to operate pretty properly with wood. We also cannot use one thing like common hobbyist glue for the reason that it has to withstand higher temperatures, for the reason that you do not just squeeze rosin out of weed, you gotta iron it out. So nicking a couple of chips out of the wooden blocks offers the J.B. Weld a far better grip.

scoring the blocks with a chisel

Lastly, sand down the blocks with sandpaper to make positive that any sawdust or debris will not interfere with the weld.


Step 3: Affix the hot plates to the wood blocks

NOTE: In the video, John thinks to wrap the wiring in electrical tape following obtaining the blocks and plates rig in the press to set. But this step could possibly be far better handled ahead of assembling the project, perhaps very first factor following you disassemble the hair-straightener.

Get the J.B. Weld and knead two blobs of it into two lumps about the size of an egg yolk. Smoosh the hot plates onto the blocks.

J.B. Weld plates to blocks

Use the fruit press to set the blocks. J.B. Weld requires an hour to set, ahead of which it will nevertheless be semi-pliable, and eight hours to solidify permanently. Verify and be positive that no element of the wiring is pinched underneath the plates on the wood.

pressing the block and plate assembly

What we’ve completed right here is just replace the hand-held element of the mechanism with a block housing, which will match into the fruit press. This will apply a lot extra stress than just the hand-held hair-straightener could do.


Attempt it out!

Set the hair-straightener controls to the lowest heat setting, and get some parchment paper to property your flower. Fold the flower into the parchment paper as generally, set amongst the plates, and squeeze your rig down.

HowToWeed advises applying a cool surface to scrape the rosin off the parchment paper. His instance is a block of marble he keeps in the freezer.

You are fairly a lot set! It appears like a lot of difficulty to go via, but you did just save a couple of hundred dollars following all. If you had been really hard up sufficient to use a hair-straightener ahead of, you will get a lot far better final results with this approach.

Shout-out, as generally, for HowToWeed! Verify out John Brown’s channel and assistance him nonetheless you can. When the zombie apocalypse comes, this is the guy you will want about.


Have you attempted it?

Readers, have you constructed your personal rosin press at property? What other MacGyver feats of stoner-ingenuity have you undertaken in your quest for cannabis extraction? Has your sister noticed all the hair-care appliances disappearing but? Inform us all about it in the comments under or our handy-dandy forum.