EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker

HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker Postcard 

This is the second episode of our “CoffeeScapes” series that features different ways to make the things that make our coffee. This pour over coffee maker is made from a short piece of 2×6, some 3/8″ diameter iron pipe and a glass funnel.

HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker Supplies 

SUPPLIES:

HomeMade Modern3/8” Iron Pipe
Available at Home Depot
I used 3/8″ pipes and fittings from the plumbing department at my local Home Depot. The straight pipes, T-fittings, 90 degree elbows and couplings are all standard. The nuts are standard as well, but I’ve been to a few Home Depots that don’t have them in stock. If you have a hard time finding the nuts, you can always order them from McMasters.

I used the following 3/8″ diameter pipes and fittings:

# Used Type of Pipe
1 Pipe T-Fitting
1 Pipe 90˚Elbow
1 Pipe 2″ Pipe
1 Pipe 5.5″ Pipe
1 Pipe 1.5″ Pipe
1 Pipe Coupling
2 Pieces Locknuts

HomeMade ModernGlass Funnel
Available at Amazon.com
I used a 100mm glass funnel to hold the coffee filters.

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HomeMade Modern2×6
Available at Home Depot
I used a short piece of scrap 2×6 to make the base. A piece of 2×8 or 2×10 would also work.

HomeMade ModernChemex Coffee Filters
Available at Amazon.com
Chemex coffee filters work well. If you get ones that are too big, it’s easy to cut them down with scissors.

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TOOLS:

HomeMade Modern DIY RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill

HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill
Available at Home Depot

HomeMade Modern DIY RYOBI 18 Volt Circular Saw

HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Circular Saw
Available at Home Depot

HomeMade Modern DIY RYOBI Orbital Sander

HomeMade ModernRYOBI Orbital Sander
Available at Home Depot

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Cut the 2×6
I cut a 16″ long section of 2×6 to use as the base.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 1

STEP 2: Drill a Pilot Hole
I drilled a 1/16″ pilot hole to serve as a guide for the larger holes I will drill to recess the pipes.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 2

STEP 3: Drill a 1 1/2″ Diameter Hole
I used a 1 1/2″ diameter drill bit to drill a hole a little less than halfway through the 2×6. Then I centered the bit on the pre-drilled pilot hole. This hole will accommodate the lock nut and pipe end while allowing the 2×6 to sit flush on a table or shelf.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 3

STEP 4: Drill a 3/4″ Diameter Hole
Flip the board over and drill a 3/4″ diameter hole centered on the pilot hole. This hole should go all the way through the board.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 4

STEP 5: Drill Holes for the Test Tubes
Select a drill bit that has a slightly larger diameter than the test tubes. You don’t want a fit that is too tight or you might break the test tubes. I used a piece of blue painter’s tape to mark 1″ from the tip of the drill bit. When I drilled the holes, I used this tape as a marker for knowing when I had drilled deep enough.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 5

STEP 6: Sand the 2×6
I used an orbital sander to sand the 2×6. I started with 100 grit sandpaper to round down the edges and then finished with 220 grit.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 6

STEP 7: Stain or Seal
I used Danish oil to finish the 2×6. Bioshield or an acrylic finish would have also worked and would offer a bit more protection.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 7

STEP 8: Assemble
I used the 2 locknuts and the 1.5″ long piece of pipe to clamp on to the 2×6. The 3/8″ diameter pipe fits through the 3/4″ diameter hole and then a locknut on each side secures the pipe to the wood. The large 1 1/2″ diameter hole on the underside of the board hides the bottom locknut.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 8

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 8

STEP 9: Make Some Coffee!
Insert the glass funnel into the top T-fitting and you’re ready to add a filter, coffee grounds and hot water! I used Chemex filters, but accidentally bought the large ones, so I had to use scissors to cut them down to size.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 9

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 9

HomeMade Modern DIY EP54 Pipe Coffee Maker Step 9

HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker Options 

HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker Options 

HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker Options 

HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker Options 

HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker Options 

Good luck making your own pipe coffee maker and please email or tweet photos to @benuyeda or ben@homemade-modern.com. For more detailed instructions, dimensioned drawings and different variations of the project, check out our soon-to-be-released book.

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