Introduction: Simple Tea Bag Extractor
Once a day I drink a large mug of Tea.
Unfortunately there are times when I forget to take out the tea bag and I end up with a very bad tasting tea.
There are 2 types of tea I consume, peppermint and a green tea.
I can handle a strong peppermint tea, but not over-steeped green tea.
I could set an alarm or wait in the kitchen for the tea to steep, but that's not a perfect solution.
In this Instructable, we'll make a simple Tea Bag extractor.
No more over-steeped tea!
- A Ping-Pong Ball
- Plaster of Paris
- Popsicle Sticks
- Kitchen's Timer (Similar to the one I used)
- Some kind of Base to attach the gadget. I used a wooden plate
- "L" bracket
- Nylon nuts and bolts (optional)
- A washer (optional)
- BBQ stick
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I cut a hole in a Ping-Pong ball.
After heating a part of the ball with a lighter, I used a pen to make a little dent.
I mixed Plaster of Paris and poured it into the ball.
Then I put a popsicle stick in the center and let the plaster set.
To make the ball look more appealing, I glue a purple washer to it.
I prepared popsicle sticks by drilling holes, cutting them shorter etc.
We ended up with 6 popsicle sticks
The gadget was assembled on top of an "L" bracket that was attached to a wooden plate.
I used nylon nuts & bolts, because they don't loosen as easy as metal ones.
I cut off the tip from a BBQ stick and glued it to the popsicle stick.
When the glue was dry, I cut off the excess.
I opened an egg shaped kitchen timer and attached the base to the bracket.
I put back the top piece to check where I need to drill a hole.
When that was done, I put a bolt into the hole.
After making sure the gadget is calibrated, I screwed another screw into the bottom and glued both pieces of the timer together.
I made a little cut in the popsicle stick, so it can hold the tea bag better.
You can steep the tea up to 1h.
When the timer reaches "0" minutes, the arm will lift the tea bag.