I'm the only coffee drinker in my household, so I have a little #2 pour over cone coffe filter that I use every morning. Sometimes I have a problem balancing said coffee filter on top of the particular coffee cup I'm using. So I decided to build a stand for it. I chose to use a few bolts and some metal strapping from Simpson Strong Tie because they are cheap and I kinda like the look of it. Here we go!
Step 1: What You'll Need
You will need the following:
- (3) 1/2 inch x 8 inch hex bolts
- (6) 1/2 hex nuts
- (3) Simpson Strong Tie Metal Straps[ ST292 ]
- (1) Permenant Marker
The height of the bolts depends on how tall your coffee cup is. I usually am on the go, so I needed a pretty tall stand to accomdate my travel carafe. I picked 1/2 inch, because the big holes in the metal strapping are 1/2 inch. I used Simpson Strong Tie metal stapping. There's a model number on all the Strong Tie stuff, and the model number for what we are using is ST292. If you go to Home Depot, this stuff is usually in the hardware section by the nuts and bolts. Use what ever marker you have on hand, but the "Inkzall" by Milwaukee is pretty awesome and if you get one you can tell peeps you used an Inkzall, I mean how badass is that?!
Step 2: Measure and Mark
Grab one of your hex bolts and stand it up next to the tallest coffee cup that you can forsee using with your pour over stand. Using your marker, mark about a 1/4 inch above the top of the cup on the bolt. Next, as pictured above, line up all your bolts and using a straight edge from one of the metal straps, transfer your mark to all the bolts. We will use these marks in the next step when threading our bolts to make sure our "platform" is level.
Step 3: Threading Bolts and Assembly
Thread three nuts on to each of the three bolts until the top of the nut is even with the marks you made earlier. Now we assemble. Our stand will be in a triangle shape. Just line up the big holes in the metal strapping and thread the end of the bolts through. To secure the structure and make it stable add the three remaining hex nuts to each of the bolts. Just hand tighten the nuts, I've been using mine daily for a few months now and have never had any problems with anything coming loose.
Step 4: Make Coffee!!!!
We've did it! After all your hard work a nice cup of joe is in order:) Like I said, I've been using this thing for a few months now and it's performed like a dream. If you make this there are a lot of things you could do to make it your own. One of the main reasons why I chose Simpson Strong Tie, is because they have many different types of metal strapping and brackets. All shapes and sizes. For example, if you wanted to make a pour over bar with multiple cone filters you could just add a longer metal strap and a few more bolts and nuts. The possibilities are endless.