Introduction: HomeMade Modern DIY Pipe Coffee Maker

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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 2x6, some 3/8" diameter iron pipe and a glass funnel.

Step 1: Supplies + Tools

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3/8” Iron Pipe
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:
1 T-Fitting
1 90˚Elbow
1 2" Pipe
1 5.5" Pipe
1 1.5" Pipe
1 Coupling
2 Locknuts

I used a 100mm glass funnel to hold the coffee filters.

I used a short piece of scrap 2x6 to make the base. A piece of 2x8 or 2x10 would also work.

Chemex Coffee Filters
Chemex coffee filters work well. If you get ones that are too big, it's easy to cut them down with scissors.

RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill

RYOBI 18 Volt Circular Saw

RYOBI Orbital Sander

Step 2: Cut the 2x6

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I cut a 16" long section of 2x6 to use as the base.

Step 3: Drill a Pilot Hole

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I drilled a 1/16" pilot hole to serve as a guide for the larger holes I will drill to recess the pipes.

Step 4: Drill a 1 1/2" Diameter Hole

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I used a 1 1/2" diameter drill bit to drill a hole a little less than halfway through the 2x6. Then I centered the bit on the pre-drilled pilot hole. This hole will accommodate the lock nut and pipe end while allowing the 2x6 to sit flush on a table or shelf.

Step 5: Drill a 3/4" Diameter Hole

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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.

Step 6: Drill Holes for the Test Tubes

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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.

Step 7: Sand the 2x6

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I used an orbital sander to sand the 2x6. I started with 100 grit sandpaper to round down the edges and then finished with 220 grit.

Step 8: Stain or Seal

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I used Danish oil to finish the 2x6. Bioshield or an acrylic finish would have also worked and would offer a bit more protection.

Step 9: Assemble

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I used the 2 locknuts and the 1.5" long piece of pipe to clamp on to the 2x6. 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.

Step 10: Make Some Coffee!

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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.

Step 11: Done!

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Good luck making your own pipe coffee maker and please email or tweet photos to @benuyeda or For more DIY ideas and projects, visit us at HomeMade Modern.


MaxF22 made it! (author)2016-01-27

thank you for this project!!!

reddirigible made it! (author)2015-12-21

Love this Instructable! I put mine on a table. (as you can see I struggled to keep the drill steady). :) Works quite nicely.

rgiacomarra (author)2015-10-16

Very cool... if you wanted a smaller footprint, simpler move the black pipe in another inch and put the 4 test tubes behind it. Should be able to lose a few inches of wood off the end then.

rgulshan71 (author)2015-08-18

So elegant!

spylock (author)2015-02-24

I would have used copper,we normally now days use galvanized and black iron for gas pipe,other than that its a great design.

THEMONEY (author)spylock2015-04-23

And some people like apple pie while others prefer peach cobbler. So what? It's cool! If you would have used copper, please do so, and let us see how it stacks up.

spylock (author)THEMONEY2015-04-29

All I was getting a is copper is safe under heat.

dirtbikedude199 (author)spylock2015-02-24

I believe they have showed that method in another Instructable, either way its a creative design.

THEMONEY (author)2015-04-23

I like! Thank you for the great idea and taking the time to share it. If I can make some counter space this will go there!

julialewis (author)2015-04-15

this is great :)

Ninzerbean (author)2015-03-02

The kettle that is pictured that pours the water slowly enough to get a proper poured coffee - that's like $130 isn't it?

Kenno79 (author)2015-02-27

This is beyond awesome! It looks SO cool :)

snoopindaweb (author)2015-02-25

Bigger to strain paint & etc.?

char6708 (author)2015-02-25

what goes in the test tubes(sugar?)

ShakeTheFuture (author)2015-02-25

Very nice!

I really like it!

kakashibatosi (author)2015-02-24

I like the design. I also like putting edibles in lab equipment.

tbaltz (author)2015-02-23

Very cool!!
How would you know how much water to pour though so ya don't overflow?

MP3GOD (author)tbaltz2015-02-24

You can always fill the kettle from the cup ;-)

Bacchus36 (author)2015-02-23

Very nice. But, please bear with this newbie, you didn't say what function the test tubes serve. Thanks....

Sparxter (author)Bacchus362015-02-24

I think briandegger is right- white sugar, cane sugar, powdered creamer, etc. Whatever you most often put in your own coffee to "ruin" the flavor, you could put it in the tubes.

briandegger (author)Bacchus362015-02-24

I guess different sugars (brown/white) ;)

Instructadam (author)2015-02-24

I love this. You could build a warming plate under the pot to keep it warm after poured (depending on how fast you drink your coffee). The test tube sugar containers are genius

Benadski (author)2015-02-24

Really cool project! Maybe add a little metal plate below the cup for the last few drops so it does not stain the wood.

Seems like the test tubes serve as sugar/milk containers.

THEFIRSTBDC (author)2015-02-23

I like it! Has a steam punk look and is giving me more ideas. Well done sir!

More Cowbell (author)2015-02-23

A pipe floor flange would make quick fix for mounting it to the wood. Very nice work with the pour over.

seamster (author)2015-02-23

Very cool. And even though it's just pipe and a block of wood, in a way it's quite elegant. I like it!

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