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
- 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.
- 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
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
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
Apply linseed oil. Wipe out excess oil.
Let dry. I know it's hard to wait, but linseed oil dries quite quickly.
Gently clean the board with soap and water if needed. Gently dry with a soft tissue.
Step 7: Mount Everything. Done!
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!
For the next level, make a back-lit version glowing in the dark!