Walnut Coffee Grinder

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Project by Jim posted 09-23-2009 05:55 AM 2055 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife loves coffee and one day touring the local antique stores I saw an old vintage coffee grinder. I thought that would be nice for her but thought I could make a new one. This is made from walnut with about 7 coats of wipe on Poly. The grinder mechanism I forged from molten ingots of solid bronze in my own furnace … just kidding … I purchased this part, it really is cast bronze, from Penn State Industries. It’s not a decoration, it’s fully functional and after a week or so for the poly to fully cure, we will start makin java. I didn’t put a knob on the drawer, I like the clean look but in case it becomes a pain in use, I turned a knob out of the same walnut used for the rest of the project and it’s ready to attach. The project was deceptively tricky but totally fun.

The way it works is you put the coffee beans in the cast bowl at the base of the vertical tower that holds the crank wheel. You turn the crank and the ground coffee falls into the bottom drawer. On the top of the tower there is an adjustment to change the grind from course to fine.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 06:34 AM

“I forged from molten ingots of solid bronze in my own furnace …” LMAO !!!!
This is a great project and a real eye-catcher : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 02:20 PM

Jim, I was just beginning to believe the “I forged from molten ingots of solid bronze in my own furnace”. was thinking to myself, what the heck is he woodworking for, he should be in metal casting!! lol Cool project and well done.

-- John @

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 07:26 PM

You almost had me on the casting, then I realized you don’t get molten ingots, they’d be a bit too runny.

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 01:21 AM

Very nice… the proof is in the coffee, so let me know how that first one turns out! Enjoy reading about your projects.

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 06:10 AM

Mmmm, fresh ground coffee. A nice burr grinder does a good job for a fresh cup.

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 06:19 AM

Great looking grinder. I’ve walked past the grinder mechanisms at Penn state and never figured that I’d buy one. Maybe now.

Let us know how the grind turns out.

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

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#8 posted 10-15-2009 06:42 PM

I was going to ask you how you successfully went about forging your molten ingots of solid bronze in your furnace…..since when I did that, I burned my house down.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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