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Topic: Ad-Hoc KnockBox (11 msgs / 246 lines)
1) From: Jason Brooks
Greetings all,
    I am looking around the house trying to figure what I could adapt 
into a knock box.  I have no access locally to buy one and am not 
planning on getting one soon due to shipping costs.  Does anyone have 
any ideas of what around the house, or around Wal Mart could be adapted 
to a knock box?
Thanks,
Jason
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Jason Brooks
jbrookshttp://members.kinex.net/~jbrooks/blog/blog.html-------------------------------
Hanging Out in the Heart of VA,
With HW Gourmet, Poppery, and soon arriving BBQ roasters,
With Bodum Chambord, Cory DRU/DRL/DEO, Magister Home, and a Krups Gusto,
Drinking good coffee with anyone that arrives!

2) From: Jared Andersson
I just wack the protafilter handle down into my other open hand while
over the sink.  The puck shoots right down into the garbage disposal. 
You have to be a bit aggressive with it but it doesn't hurt and it is
quiet which allows for late and early shots without waking my little
girl or wife.   Jared
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3) From: Obrien, Haskell W.
I bought a stainless steam table pan off ebay for $1.50, and added a
$.15 bolt and a short length of rubber fuel line to make mine.
The cheap method is to use a coffee can and do a similar thing.
Stainless looks a lot nicer though.  I think they were 1/8th pans.
Will

4) From: Rich Adams
My wife found a wooden canister set with plastic inserts at the local thrift 
store that does just fine for an ad-hoc knockbox.
Rich Adams

5) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On Dec 30, 2004, at 11:29 AM, Obrien, Haskell W. wrote:
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I tried this cheap way once.   The metal in the coffee can is not 
strong enough to stand up to the beating that knocking the bolt 
produces.  Get something stronger.
    Jim Gundlach

6) From: Phil Dahlquist
On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 11:29:20 -0600, Obrien, Haskell W.  wrote:
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Tom offers the same suggestion in the description for the knockbox he sells:http://sweetmarias.com/prod.espresso.shtml#knockboxHow many businesses would tell you how to make something they sell
more cheaply at home?!  It's just one of the many examples of why it's
nice doing business with Sweet Maria's.
If you wanted a covered knockbox,  you could purchase a cheap covered
stainless canister, drill holes, and use threaded rod with decorative
cap nuts for the knockbox arm.  You'd obviously have to cover the
threaded rod with a tubing that wouldn't get cut up by the threads.
 
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Phil

7) From: Terry Stockdale
At 12:44 PM 12/30/2004, Phil Dahlquist wrote:
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Mine is the half-width (i.e., about 3.5") vesion of this pan.  I use a 3/4" 
wooden dowel that I notched on both ends to rest on the knock box.
You can see it on this page http://www.terrystockdale.com/coffee/espresso.shtmlof my web site, to the 
right of the Silvia.  A small pitcher is in front of the knockbox.  I use 
the pitcher for Americanos and just in case there is a water leak from the 
steam wand.
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Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
   http://www.terrystockdale.com

8) From: David M. Lewis
At 12:00 PM -0500 12/30/04, Jason Brooks wrote:
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The elements of a knock box are the bar and a container. The bar is 
easy to make: slip some 3/4" automotive heater hose over a section of 
3/4" hardwood dowel. Make it long enough to easily hit. Mount it in 
anything that will catch the grounds. All the fancy ones are 
embellishments of this theme.
Best,
	David
-- 
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary 
depends upon his not understanding it."
	-- Upton Sinclair

9) From: Mark Tosiello
Hi,
Well maybe I'm very very cheap, but I have a 1/ 2 height kitchen garbage 
(rubbermaid) under the sink that takes those tall kitchen garbage bags. 
  All I do is knock the filter on the lip of this plastic container 
(which is only used for coffee and paper), and I'm good to go...
Mark

10) From: alfred
Well, you aint cheap amigo, just very schmart!
Rubbermaid isn't aware of it, but they make a whole line o knock boxes in 
any size you wish and any color for that matter.
You probably won't win any CSA points but will have more money to replenish 
your stash.

11) From: Jason Brooks
OK.  Thanks for all the suggestions.  Today at lunch, I hit the two big 
junk shops in town.  Looking for wooden containers, and a Poppery BTW, I 
came up empty on both hits.  The second place I looked is huge for this 
size of town.  It's called Motley's Emporium.  It's an old auto 
dealership.  Enough rooms to get lost in.  I was looking through their 
kitchen wares (they have a few Vac pots ~$20) and found something 
perfect.  I picked up an old Maxwell House canister, 5" diameter, about 
3" high.  Threaded for a screw on lid.  I can think of nothing better to 
dispense used coffee into.  Hey, my used, homeroasted grounds are better 
than Maxwell's!
I've already located a sacrificial bowl to line the bugger to avoid 
rust.  Just have to cut it down a bit.  Next will either be a piece of 
dowel or a bold, either with rubber shielding.  Once I assemble it, I'll 
post a link to some pics.  It'll surely be an interesting conversation 
piece.
Thanks again,
Jason
Obrien, Haskell W. wrote:
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-- 
Jason Brooks
jbrookshttp://members.kinex.net/~jbrooks/blog/blog.html-------------------------------
Hanging Out in the Heart of VA,
With HW Gourmet, Poppery, and soon arriving BBQ roasters,
With Bodum Chambord, Cory DRU/DRL/DEO, Magister Home, and a Krups Gusto,
Drinking good coffee with anyone that arrives!


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