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Make a stylish coffee capsules holder.

Today, looking for a present for my Mum, I saw, in a shop, a coffee capsule holder that would come very handy. But it was way too ugly...
Then I remembered some previous design, and having some acrylic and wood leftovers. So, this minimalist contemporary design was born.

This holder will be specific to one given kind of capsule.

Step 1: Needed Materials

  • Acrylic plate, approx 38 x 6.5 cm, 2 mm thick
  • Hard wood (e.g. beech) bar, approx 85 cm long, 1.5 x 1.5 cm thick
  • 7 x M4 screws
  • 6 x M5 nuts (as spacers)

Step 2: Measure Capsule, and Cut Pieces to Size

Size
  • Measure the capsule diameter under the lid, add two times the wood thickness, add 1/2 mm (so that the capsule will move freely), and you have the acrylic board width.
  • For the length, take the lid diameter, multiply by ten.
  • Think twice. The precision (especially for the width) is important.
Cuts
  • Use Masking tape to mark the cut. Carefully cut the acrylic board. Sand it. Or use a laser cutter if you are lucky enough!
  • Cut wood to length.
  • Cut the wooden triangle (which will serve as strut).

Step 3: Make Holes

Mark holes positions onto acrylic board. Bore 4 mm ∅ holes.

With masking tape, tighten wood onto acrylic board.

Make 3.5 mm ∅ holes. Do not cross the wood!

Chamfer the holes with a 10 mm ∅ drill. Use caution, do not ruin your work.

Step 4: Make Hole for the Strut

Mark strut hole positions onto acrylic board. Bore 4 mm ∅ hole.

Chamfer the hole with a 10 mm ∅ drill, on the board side that is the opposite to the other chamfers.

Align strut, and mark hole position. In the strut, bore a 3.5 mm ∅ hole.

Step 5: Oil the Wood

This is optional but will give a nicer and more durable look.

Apply linseed oil. Wipe out excess oil.

Let dry. I know it's hard to wait, but linseed oil dries quite quickly.

Step 6:

Remove protective film from the acrylic board.

Gently clean the board with soap and water if needed. Gently dry with a soft tissue.

Step 7: Mount Everything. Done!

Mount everything.

Test with a capsule. If it does not move freely, then:
  • either your wood bars are too close. Try sanding their inner sides.
  • Or the nuts (spacers) are not thick enough. Try adding small washers.

Step 8: Enjoy the Finished Product!

Use it in steeper or flatter position (each side of the strut gives a different leaning angle).

For the next level, make a back-lit version glowing in the dark!
<p>Loved this idea and had to build it, I made a few amendments so it would sit on my wall instead of being free standing. </p>
Is this for the k-cup brewer cause I can make one for my aunt
Impressive results , Very clean and professional looking , Good Job .
Good job,I think I could come up with a couple of other applications for this piece.
Quite nice. <br> <br>Not sure 'bout the acrylic though. Hard to keep clean. <br> <br>I'm thinking a dado in each piece of wood. Would require two more cross pieces.and a relief on one side of the dado. <br> <br>Hmmm, maybe use a 1 inch dowel instead of the square cross section. A natural relief be cause of curve. <br> <br>That's just my thought.
Thanks for the comment. I'm glad to inspire different designs! If you make one, post photos.<br> <br> Before using acrylic I envisaged using my router, but it is not well suited for narrow laths.<br> The cross section shape is much a question of taste.
Thanks for the kind reply! <br> <br>Yes, a router would not be a good thing unless one has a router table. A table saw is fine. <br> <br>I have a cross slide vice for my bench drill press. That makes it relatively easy to perform over head routing. Only problem is that this 6 inch vise gobbles a lot of head room (4 - 5 inches) Better to have floor model in this case. <br> <br>Happy New Year to you and yours!!
I never thought about using the drill press that way! Thanks a lot. I see lots of new possibilities.<br> <br> And Happy New Year to you and yours too!!!
If you do get a cross slide it possibly will NOT have the capability to zero the dial. <br> <br>Attached is a link to my short but sweet Instructable that describes my method to add that feature to a cross slide vise. <br> <br>https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Create-zeroing-capability-for-cross-slide-vise/Create-zeroing-capability-for-cross-slide-vise.pdf
Thanks for the kind reply! <br> <br>Yes, a router would not be a good thing unless one has a router table. A table saw is fine. <br> <br>I have a cross slide vice for my bench drill press. That makes it relatively easy to perform over head routing. <br> <br>Happy New Year!!
Good job! Simple in design and adaptable. I can see one attached under the cabinet above a coffee machine. Gets them off the counter, which is great.
I did not think about this option, but that is a great idea.
Love the simplicity. I think I'll make one but have it mounted on the wall vertically - load from top, dispense from bottom.
Vertical orientation was my initial idea. But the release mechanism, and the lack of time, made me opt for the horizontal orientation -- no mechanism!
Thank you I have a nespresso machine and holders for the capsules are impossible to find
Hi <br>Nespresso capsules holder on ebay <br> <br>http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1311.R3.TR4.TRC1.A0.Xnespresso+ho&amp;_nkw=nespresso+capsule+holder&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_from=R40
Thanks a lot they LOOK GREAT. <br>Jerry <br>
This is great! I have been wanting something similar but could not come up with a simple enough design.
That looks great!
Thank you!

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