Picture of Miss Betsy's Quintessential Steampunk Gadget
This instructable involves working with electricity (120V) and fluids in close vicinity! You should be aware of the dangers and not attempt this if you don't know what you are doing!
All pipe/hose connections have to be absolutely watertight and I recommend a test with the reservoir filled but the coffee maker not plugged in. Check for leaks after 30 minutes or longer.
The electrical connections should be at least as well insulatad as in the original "donor", when you solder the copper pipes use leadfree solder and when using epoxy glue follow the instructions carefully and work in a well ventilated area!

This said, let's have a look what we need.

Materials and tools which will make completion of this project a lot easier -_^ :
Donor = Coffeemaker from the Salvation Army
Wood to build the frame
Copper pipes and fittings
Water reservoir - I used a aluminum water bottle
A nice coffee/tea pot
Filter holder - in my case a pretty porcelain lamp shade
4 rubber feet
Lead-free solder
Pipe cutter
Soldering iron
Different glues
Ruler, tape measure, compass and caliper
Drill press + drill bits
Emerald paper

For some time I wanted to make a steampunk coffee/tea maker but I couldn't think of a nice water reservoir till I saw this aluminum water bottle at the dollar store. As luck would have it, the opening had a 3/4" FPT (female pipe thread) which could be easily fitted with the male counterpart and further hooked up to the heater element. (You can see it on a picture later) The other problem was the wooden base but I was lucky there too.
If you want to see how a coffee maker works, check this really good video clip: http://vimeo.com/2193258
Of course you could argue an electrical powered coffee maker is not steampunk at all, but then I want to see the coal/gasoline driven coffee maker you've built ;p
glomscient1 year ago

I shall quite enjoy making one of these! It shall (hopefully) help steer me away from my addiction to that carbonated snake oil from "the man on the mountain"!

crnidamir1 year ago
This is bautiful!!
compatta3 years ago
GOod job! I was wondering for all the people who want to make properly made coffee, do you know what the temperature is of the water that is going out of this maker?
The proper temp of water for making Coffee should be just about 202 def F.
I like your design. I am currently designing a steampunk coffee maker and the idea of running a food grade pipe inside the copper pipes removes the risk of contamination from the copper or the solder - nicely done if I may say so.
Love your work.
repguy20202 years ago
Beautiful work, Steampunk or Deco. I don't care, I like it. Who knew what lurked within your household coffee maker?
jockenfels2 years ago
Thank you for the great build! Followed / tweaked your ideas for a very appreciated Christmas gift today.
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MissBetsy (author)  jockenfels2 years ago
Looks great! I'm flattered I gave you an idea for your X-mas gift :)
zomfibame3 years ago
too cool.
aidan19853 years ago
This isn't "steam punk" if anything its Art Deco.
You have been on this site since Jun 13, 2007, And this comment is all you have to show for it?
Junophor3 years ago
Hi Miss Betsy
Take a bow for this great project A real "steampunk work" in the meaning of the word.Great job

One day I hope to realize a project in my mind switched on and off by a marble stirling engine powered with steam. So your instrtructable is a good inspiration for it

Cheesr Aeon Junophor
tmn8tr3 years ago
I think she did a great job, and it opens the door for anyone else with a creative side. I don't think anyone should ever leave negative comments to a person who has had the courage to share their ideas with the world.
Perhaps it isn't "Steampunk" by the very definition, but all it's missing is the brass/copper water reservoir, and decanter/caraffe. Who could find a big enough piece of brass tubing for either on such short notice?
MissBetsy (author)  tmn8tr3 years ago
Thx guys for standing up for me but I am not offended by the remark "my coffee maker not being steam punk but Art Deco".
For once, I really like Art Deco and some influences can't be denied, on the other hand this project really involves steam, doesn't it?! ^_o
Haha. I think its funny that people quibble about the genre. It's great MissBetsy. If I had the time I would try that for myself although not being much of a handy man I'd probably lose a finger or two in the process. I don't supose you'd consider ... ah...never mind. ;)
wrsexton3 years ago
Nothing wrong with Art Deco. In fact, I personally prefer diesel punk to steam punk, and using stainless steel tubing instead of copper would transform this item nicely to that art deco based genre.
zeroaxe3 years ago
Love this project. I might just make one too (if you dont mind!)
MissBetsy (author)  zeroaxe3 years ago
Of course not! That's what instructables are for.
CarlosP3 years ago
At last a use for the leaking water bottle! I have a water bottle like the one you used as reservoir with a hole in the bottom. I knew I was saving it for something! Come to think of it, I also have a disassembled coffee maker in the garage and a box of copper plumbing fittings. I think I will assemble my own version next weekend.

MissBetsy (author)  CarlosP3 years ago
Let us see at least some pictures!
Might I be so bold as to ask how the coffee tastes that comes out of this contraption? I love the look, and would love to have one of my very own (should I ever have the time and resourcefulness to put one together!)!
MissBetsy (author)  nathan.earley3 years ago
After flushing the "contraption several times, the coffee doesn't taste any different than with any other coffee maker I ever possessed. But let's be honest, who can afford coffee these days?
eielofview3 years ago
Hmm I wonder if I can make this with a cigar box..
NaTeB13 years ago
This is very cool! Plus I got to learn how classic drippers work, no idea the heating element in the base also heated the water. Pretty clever.

FYI you can get pretty cheap copper sheets at amazon.com. Well its not really that cheap :P Maybe $15.
Geordi3 years ago
This is one of the best, if not the best, coffee makers I have ever seen.
I do believe I must try hand at this wonderful device. I am a bit of a coffee lover so when I arise in the morning not only will I have a great cup of coffee
but a piece of art work to put a smile on my face as well.

My hats off
longwinters3 years ago
Are you telling me I have to dig around in my bomb shelter to find my coal powered coffee maker?
What's next an instructable on how to put sheilding on my uranium tea heater?

I check in here several times a day time permitting and this is one of the reasons I do, I just love this project.

I hope this does not insult your artistic inclination but a copper or brass base would have been the icing on the cake, a thin piece over the wood base would not require any special tools, and some brass head nails would look like rivets, as you spill coffee and water on it a cool patina would develop.

I would have used that 12v switch, but that's just the kind of rebel I am,
thanks again for a fun instructable.
MissBetsy (author)  longwinters3 years ago
Do you have any idea of copper prices these days? People actually steal outside AC units just for the tubing, so the copper base died....;-p
And well, how I actually found out that this was a 12V switch is that I hooked it up, turned it on and the whole thing looked like miniature H-bomb, a blinding flash and the telltale smoke ring :(
But thank you very much for your comment and should you go to the shelter don't forget to bring up the coal powered coffee maker please!
Now people have a tendency to make fun of us one eyed electricians,
but I will tell you that those of us who camp have long owned the Coleman Coffee maker you just set in the fire, a burner, or dare I say coal(s)

Now I'm off to try and convince a fellow steampunker to accept some free neon lights I found at a second hand store, I think he's a little paranoid, maybe he thinks I'm an internet scammer, like anybody has ever been ripped off on the web, well there is always a first.

Oh and thanks, today as I made my way through the second hand store I had to spend five extra minutes reminding myself I don't have time to steampunk anything right now, especially a coffee maker.
Winged Fist3 years ago
Wow! Pure caffeinated genius! This is the rarest of rare steampunk projects that actually involves steam;-) Kudos and 5 stars and thanks for ongoing inspiration;-)
MissBetsy (author)  Winged Fist3 years ago
Yes, that REAL steam thing was irresistibly intriguing. I might look further into it....
mikolynn3 years ago
Wow! Somebody present me last week with an HTCMM ( wich means Horrible Taste Cofee Maker Machine) last week, and I do not know what to do with this Junk...
Hitherto... If finally I do it, I post my final result I promise! Thanks!
MissBetsy (author)  mikolynn3 years ago
How about you repurpose it as a "Ramen noodle machine"??? We would love to see the results!
May the force be with you.