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The office coffee machine is broken.  The sharp bit that pierces the coffee pods is, well, missing.

The workaround is to stab a hole in the pods with a nail.

I figured I could go more extreme...
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Step 1: Planning

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In my head, I saw a stapler with stabilisers.  When I did my manual thinking, it pretty much came out the same way - an arm with a spike on it to pierce the pod.

That's pretty much what I ended up with.

Step 2: Cutting

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I cut my plans out, and drew around them onto some spare half-inch plywood that I found in the back of the workshop.

Using a hodge-podge of sharp things, some of them electrical, I started cutting out the parts of the stapler.  I quickly realised that the thickness of the slices of plywood was enough to not need the stabilising leg thing, which is good, because that was going to be an ugly thing.

I carved out hooks using a sharp spinney thing in a Dremel that was probably not intended to carve wood, but, hey-ho, so sue me.

Step 3: Sanding, drilling, gluing and sanding

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I sanded down the parts to fit, and sanded the arm extra hard to make it fit smoothly between the upright supports.

I then clamped it all together, and drilled through both uprights at once to fit a piece of quarter-inch dowel through them.

I then glued the three base-pieces together, clamping while they dried, and sanded it some more.

Step 4: Pointy thing

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The whole point* of the stapler is to pierce things.  It needs a sharp thing.

To this end, I found a nail the same size as that already being used to poke holes in pods, cut of the head, drilled a smaller hole in the arm of the stapler for a good friction-fit, and then added a little epoxy resin to make sure.

K5RCQ2 months ago
Why would anyone need to do this Keurig has a lifetime warranty if it breaks you send it back they send you a new one
Kiteman (author)  K5RCQ2 months ago

Every warranty has exceptions...

jjonesdesign6 months ago

I have to say I have no use for this, but it made me laugh for a second. Great concept, I dig it! good work!

Kiteman (author)  jjonesdesign6 months ago

Haha, thanks.

reddevved1 year ago
I feel like another person took it for a project
Kiteman (author)  reddevved1 year ago
I made this before the move to Pier 9, so it's probably not needed any more.

Any idea who used it, or for what?
Goodhart2 years ago
Is this like, a common problem ?
Kiteman (author)  Goodhart2 years ago
I wouldn't know, I had never used a pod machine before visiting HQ.
I've worked at two places that had Keurig machines....which is what I thought you were talking about...but am not sure now.

yapoyo2 years ago
you, my friend, are like the office coffee saviour.
Kiteman (author)  yapoyo2 years ago
Thank you.
Nice, why didn't you just fix the machine!
Kiteman (author)  PotatoCoffee2 years ago
The missing spike was hollow, to allow coffee through, and I would have had to put the machine out of commission for at least one day, maybe more, while I dismantled it and furtled in its innards.

Plus, I enjoy hacking at lumps of wood.
Well, who dosn't enjoy hacking at wood!
So instead of fixing the Keurig machine you made another machine to replace the missing function of the first machine?

hmm... i think you have been in 'merica too long.
Kiteman (author)  thematthatter2 years ago
BWP2 years ago
Coffee saviour ... they'll have you back again lol
Kiteman (author)  BWP2 years ago
Oh, I hope...
rimar20002 years ago
Nice contraption. Beware of NASA's spies!
Nice Job....
caitlinsdad2 years ago
Do you need a tetanus shot before use?
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago
Possibly afterwards...
artfulann2 years ago
Sounds like your savior for the office coffee fix.
Kiteman (author)  artfulann2 years ago
Doesn't it just?
Attmos2 years ago
I think I would have gone for a deathly finger extention, an office accessable drill press, or maybe a really big laser.
iceng2 years ago
From the land of tea and pub to the land of Starbucks,
an elegant fix for a.. a coffee fix :)
MikeCicc2 years ago
SHIFT!2 years ago
YES. No longer will instructables employees have to stoop for cheap workshop screws to get our caffeinated drinks!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
My first response to this is HALLELUJAH
Yay! Thank you for making this :)