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Now that I have a new Gaggia Achille (life is good :-), I find that I need a
knockbox. I'm currently using a wooden board that's incredibly ugly and not
a good long-term solution. And that's putting it much more kindly than my
wife would, as she ponders the effect of ugly coffee-stained boards on the
look of her kitchen. :-)
My special problem is that the beverage center in our kitchen has a Corian
countertop with a trash hole built in. So the ideal arrangement would be
some sort of knockbox that sits on top of the counter with a hole that
mates, at least approximately, with the 4" - 4-1/4" tapered hole that
already leads to the trashcan. I think that's an ideal arrangement for
coffee-making, but I haven't yet found any sort of knockbox that obviously
works well. The ones I commonly find are the 6-1/2" x 7" square stainless
steel box with solid bottom, and round open-bottom ones that are intended to
be built in, rather than to sit on top of the counter.
One possibility might be to get the square stainless-steel box and cut a
hole through the bottom, but I guess I would need to be sure it's solid
stainless steel, or the center of the metal might very well rust. Folks here
who are more do-it-yourselfers may have other suggestions for me.
And if someone knows of a slightly smaller, round box, that would be better
Anyway, I would appreciate whatever suggestions folks can make.