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February 20, 2009

Coffee Grinder near completion

Filed under: Hardware,Historical Material,Of Interest,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 3:43 pm

I finished up the box and drawer front.  It required a bit of putty, but it is going to be painted.  I originally thought of painting and graining it to imitate a fancy wood perhaps quarter sawn white oak or mahogany.

Coffee Grinder

I then decided after looking at it that it would look better if I just japanned the wood to make it black.  I will add some gold lines to fancy it up.

I also need to have a tin drawer box constructed, hence the following drawing:

Tin Drawer

The measurements are overall outside measurements of the tin box, the seams to the discretion of the Master Tin Smith.




  1. Stephen, how will you attach the wood drawer front to the tin box?

    Comment by the Village Carpenter — February 20, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

  2. VC,

    I did forget to mention that, probably because I haven’t done that operation yet. I am waiting for the tin drawer box. (The above post is a ‘clever’ way to get a drawing to someone, in this case the tin smith). The drawer will be held on with a couple of pan head wood screws through the tin box and into the back of the drawer front.

    This morning I gave the grinder its first test. It was a mess without a box for the grounds as the static electricity proved very attractive. I had to adjust the grind as at first it was too fine, a little testing and I got it to a proper consistency.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 21, 2009 @ 7:29 am

  3. I finished the coffee grinder, it has two coats of japanning (asphaltum varnish) and I got the drawer from the tinsmith. It is held with three pan head screws to the back of the wooden drawer front. The measurements on the drawing were accurate enough, together with the talent of said tinsmith produced a tin drawer that fit perfectly.

    Coffee grinder


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 8, 2009 @ 11:25 am

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