Coffee Grinder

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Project by Hawken posted 01-16-2013 03:38 PM 1152 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter went off to college and became a coffee snob. She likes to grind her own, so I built her this grinder for Christmas. The wood is Hawaiian Koa, the dovetail keys and knob are Macassar Ebony. The Hardware is from Penn State Industries (not an endorsement, just a fact). The photos don’t do justice to the finish. Sanded it down to 2,000 grit (nice mirror polish) and finished with several coats of Tung Oil.

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 04:12 PM

The Grinders look great…. Being a Coffee snop as well I need to find some time to make a few of these myself…..How well do they Grind? Are the kits from PS worth it?

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 04:39 PM

Thanks. This one only does a coarse grind, but there are others that do both coarse and fine, I understand. It grinds like it is supposed to. I haven’t tried any other kits, so I have no basis for comparison. The enclosed instructions are (intentionally?) vague, meaning just comprehensive enough to let you get creative.

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 04:41 PM

Nice work

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 05:01 PM

Great project and thanks for the tip on the grinding mechanism. Im sure your daughter will love it. Koa is a very interesting wood.

Ill second the coffee snobness …. ive been wondering about the grind from one of these. Id really like a conical burr grinder mechanism so i can french press my joe but havent found one yet. Ill have to take a peek at PSI’s site.

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 05:03 PM

That’s a really nice project and looks like it would be a lot of fun to make.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 05:25 PM

This is cool nice work

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 09:32 PM

Love the rustic look of the beautiful coffee grinder and the choice of wood.


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#8 posted 01-17-2013 09:21 PM

Interesting project. I’ve been contemplating one for myself.

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