Chorreador/ Costa Rican coffee maker

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Project by mptap posted 03-06-2014 05:21 PM 4105 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I had made one of these coffee makers for myself a little while ago and I decided I would make an even better one for my girlfriend for our anniversary. I started with some blank red oak and poplar and glued them together then flattened it all. I used a jig saw to cut out the curve of the base and a hole saw in a drill press for the top and a smaller 3” hole saw to cut out the center of the top for the filter. I did a roundover with a router on the base and the top. I bent a 3/4” square dowel of the red oak that I made to give it some nice appeal. I hand cut the tenons and made a mortise using the table saw. I glued it all up making sure it was all level and used a couple coats of danish oil as a finish.

I am very new to woodworking as well as hand cutting tenons/ dovetails etc. but I want to learn as many useful tips and tricks as I can, so any advice will be welcomed. I didn’t have a good chisel when I cut the tenons so they aren’t very good but I did the best I could with what I had at the time. I do have a good chisel now, though I wish I had bought it when I made this.

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 06:28 PM

looks fine, keep up the good work

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 06:32 PM

Nice design and workmanship for a simple, useful object!

-- "Nothing difficult is ever easy".......anonymous, (and likely drunk)

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 07:03 PM

Cool project, and a big welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 07:23 PM

How wonderfully simple yet so utilitarian. Nice work.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 03-07-2014 12:02 AM

I like your coffee maker, and think I’ll make one at some point. It looks like your tool collection is about as lean as mine… One good tool at a time.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#6 posted 03-08-2014 01:50 AM

Great project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 03-12-2014 05:01 PM

I would suggest using a couple coats of poly since it will come into contact with heat and water if anyone is thinking of making something like this.

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