Step 8: Put it to use!

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stroland2 years ago
Great looking. I do not have a piece of copper that big, but I think I will just make one out of wood (maple or mesquite). I really think wood would be fine for this purpose. I might epoxy a copper disk to the bottom just for looks.
FoodGeek (author)  stroland2 years ago
Nice! The only real advantage copper offers is weight, it's easier for me to get an even tamp if the tamper is really bottom heavy.
The only copper rod I found in that size was over 100$ for 12". I think I can add some weight in a wooden one. I am very intrigued by what you have done and now I jus need to try it.
FoodGeek (author)  stroland2 years ago
Seems like a solid plan. I'd love to see what you end up making.
timo8882 years ago
No TechShop in my area yet but I left them a note. A great idea. What makes copper difficult to tap BTW? How is the bolt secured to the wooden handle, epoxy? How did you make the wooden handle? How is the radiused edge given to the top rim of the copper tamper?
FoodGeek (author)  timo8882 years ago
Copper is sticky so the tap needs to be backed out and cleaned all the freaking time.

The bolt is just threaded in to the wood, since you're only pushing down and the handle touches the metal it only needs to be strong enough to not fall apart. Epoxy is a better idea.

I made the handle on a wood lathe in my garage.

The top edge is rounded on the metal lathe, just turning both cranks trying to get a nice curve.
Thanks for the reply. You did get a nice curve on it. I like it a lot. Makes me want to make one myself. Do you intend to make more of the copper pistons as a hobby business? I just bought a small wood lathe made in the 1930s, hoping to learn how to turn wood. I have not used a wood lathe or a metal lathe before.
fiddy52 years ago
Wonderfully well made, wish I had aceses to your toys