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Project by BarbS posted 03-11-2012 05:02 AM 2091 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t know, when I bought this kit, that seeing it completed would find me grinning at it. It’s an antique coffee grinder that holds about 1/4 cup beans, and is fun to watch the gears turn and hear the rumbling, grinding works of it going. I know others must have made these, but really, this is my first one and I’m loving this thing! It has a little swing trap door to dump the beans in, and the mechanism turns smoothly, and the grounds fall down into the bottom cup, all ready for a fresh cuppa’ coffee. I used local Orchard Cherry wood. Isn’t that Just Cool? I mean, Really. ;-)


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#1 posted 03-11-2012 05:08 AM

very nice. how is the coffee?

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 05:11 AM

The only beans I had at the moment were DeCaf, so it wasn’t the greatest, but the mechanism sure worked slick!


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#3 posted 03-11-2012 05:12 AM

really just cool barbs

that is a nice mechanism
where did you find it

your turnings are very nice
you have a good eye
(not that you don’t have two good eyes)

really cool

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 05:12 AM

Very cool Barb

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 05:16 AM

Thanks. The mechanism is from Penn State Industries. They have several designs; I liked this one.


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#6 posted 03-11-2012 05:20 AM

That is neat, I love anything with gears. Very steampunkish…

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#7 posted 03-11-2012 05:30 AM

I think, I’ve bought a couple of the grinding mechanisms. But, I know I’ve never made one.

I used to go by their retail store in Philly every couple of months or so and buy them out of marked down merchandise.

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#8 posted 03-11-2012 05:33 AM

Great project nicely done!

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#9 posted 03-11-2012 11:25 AM

Really nice, caught my eye immediately. Makes me want to try one for myself. Love the Cherry.

-- Ed-

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#10 posted 03-11-2012 11:29 AM

This is awesome, Barb! I really love the gear stuff, too. Do you remember where you got the kit? You always have really cool projects! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 03-11-2012 12:11 PM

I really like these little grinders; I made one a few years back for a friend, and as far as I know it is still going strong. Mine was a little different style /mechanism ...but same idea…..

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#12 posted 03-11-2012 12:15 PM

Barb, I like that myself. You did a good job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 03-11-2012 12:20 PM

nice job. the turning complitments the piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 03-11-2012 02:19 PM

Thanks, everyone. Sheila, it’s from Penn State Industries, and the mechanism can also sit atop a regular square box with a drawer to catch the coffee grounds. I’m a turner, so…...


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#15 posted 03-11-2012 02:31 PM

Looks great! Nicely done.

Now all you need to do is, grind, brew, drink,..... CRANK, or in your case TURN out another & repeat! With the caffiene, you could mass produce no problem!!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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