pablo_max Senior Member Joined: 17 Jan 2003 Posts: 92 Location: Chicago Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Tue Apr 13, 2004, 11:12pm Subject: build your knockbox?
I was just curious if anyone out there has built there own knockbox. I cant see spending 20 bucks on something so simple. What I did was go down the Local Good will and found myself a really nice old maple box. I assume that it was a jewery box of sorts. Anyhow, i just put on several coat of poly to make it easy to clean. Went to home depot for a bolt and a piece of rubber tube and 10 mins after I got home I have a knock box my wife lets me keep on the counter. what are some of the things others have used to make theirs?
I built my own too. I stopped by a commercial kitchen supply place and picked up the stainless tray all the knockboxes use for $3.25. Then I did the bolt and rubber hose thing. Finally, I used some scrap walnut and built a square using handcut dovetail joinery (OK, I admit it, I'm a woodgeek too!).
Total cost was about $5 (and 2 hours) but my real motivation was finding something to save on counter space. The real knockboxes are all too large (or small and flimsy). This homebuilt knock box is not only much nicer looking but it's also only about 4"x7." I suppose I should make a box out of rosewood --you know, to match the wood on tamper handle--but something tells me that crosses over into obsessive. I might still do it though...
Yes. I built a couple for my sisters restaurant. All you need is a piece of wood dowelling that fits nicely inside a piece of rubber tubing, screw through the container of your choice, into the dowelling and your done.
Same thing I do with the coffee grounds from other brewing methods - dump them into the trash. I have two knock boxes. When one gets full, after the last puck is cool, I dump the grounds into the trash & the knockbox into the dishwasher & use the 2nd one until it gets full.
I like the mulch idea! I have been dumping the contents into the garbage disposer. My knock box is pretty small though and if I'm pulling a lot of shots it sometimes fills up at the worst time. Then the sink becomes my knock box. My current machine doesn't have a three way relief valve, so my grounds are pretty wet when I dump them. This makes my "knock" box into a "pour and knock" box.
BTW mine is not so much a box but a cone?
I'd like to see pics of your diy projects. I purchased mine from Starbucks.
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