Poplar Coffee Grinder

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Project by chrisplewa posted 09-30-2012 02:07 PM 1270 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After building a couple of fairly crude adirondack chairs and a chicken coop last year this is my first attempt at building something that required more than bashing in some screws. The wife wanted an antique coffee grinder so I picked up 2 of the mills from Penn State Ind at $11 each. The other I will make with dovetails as a present for someone. I only have a small 10×10 shed to work out of and so I recently scored a $10 craigslist woodworking bench that I fixed up and made new legs for. Added a T track and routed a circular groove out and mounted my router table. Added some T track and called it good for just now.

The biscuit joints were handcut and one of them was butchered so I filled it with a sliver and some glue paste and sawdust mix then sanded smooth as I have done before when restoring a wood floor.

I routed the top with a cove bit on each side which turned out nice and was real easy. The worst part was trying to level the joints by chisel. I need to sharpen what I have and get more practice. I also messed up on one side so bad that I had to use an offcut on the front which only fitted cross grain. Annoying but this was really a project to learn on before making the present.

The finish is 2 coats of linseed and then a coat of liseed and poly mix – the grain has come out nice but there is no hard finish but I don’t want a shiny coat.

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 02:56 PM

No one starts out as an expert. Not having a full blown workshop . . . I think it came out just fine . . .

If you coated the inside with linseed . . . make sure it is raw linseed . . . unless this is just a show piece . . .

Raw linseed oil.Pressed from flax seeds. Not to be confused with boiled linseed, which contains metallic driers. Listed as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Very long curing time, good looks, low water-resistance, frequent reapplication.

-- George, Maggie Valley, NC ,

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 04:20 PM

Chris, I like it a lot! I think you really maximized the poplar.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 09-30-2012 04:35 PM

Looks great and I’ll bet your wife is thrilled. Have you had the resulting coffee yet?

George – why would BLO be totally the wrong thing? Do the metallic driers cast off impurities? This surface will be used use more like a serving tray than a cutting board – the surface will only come into casual contact with the food. I am learning something new today!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 09-30-2012 06:47 PM

I hope to one day hone my skill set to be able to complete a piece such as this.

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 05:34 AM

Thanks for the comments, the mill works and grinds fine grinds suitable for a drip filter – perfect!

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