Sleek and chic: the do-it-yourself coffee filter stand

A DIY coffee filter stand on a shelf in the kitchen.
This DIY coffee filter stand will make your morning coffee taste that much better.

  • Difficulty
    easy
  • Cost
    < 42 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

The taste of coffee is part of the start of every day. But wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy preparing your coffee as drinking it? We’ll show you how to build a chic, sleek-looking DIY coffee filter stand out of wood and copper.

Have you heard about our 18-volt system yet? It offers a huge variety of devices for many different applications. What makes the project below so special is that you can use the same rechargeable battery for every part of this build. Simply swap out the battery pack, insert it into a different device that’s part of the 18-volt system, and move on to the next step.

It should go without saying that your safety is paramount at every stage of the project. Make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find everything you need to know about the protective clothing you need for each type of tool in our guide.

You need
Utilities
  • pencil
  • pocket rule
  • Set square
  • g-clamps
  • flat brush
Materials
  • 4 wooden boards made from beechwood (approx. 20 x 120 x 160 mm)
  • 1 copper sheet (approx. 1 x 120 x 340 mm)
  • 4 black round head screws (4 x 6 mm)
  • 6 round head screws (4 x 16 mm)
  • 12 washers (5.3 x 20 mm)
  • 2 perforated plates (40 x 160 x 2 mm)
  • Porcelain coffee filter
  • Optional: 350 ml colourless wood oil
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 8

Marking and drilling the holes

A cordless combi drill being used to drill a hole in a wooden board.
Place a piece of scrap wood underneath when drilling the holes.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Brad point drill bit, pencil, Set square, g-clamps, scrap wooden board, Wooden board made from beechwood (approx. 20 x 120 x 160 mm)

First, mark the two drill holes on the wooden board. The holes should be 30 mm from both short and long edges of the wooden board. Then drill the holes with a 4 mm Brad point drill bit. Be sure to put a board underneath the wood to protect the workbench.

Step 2 8

Screwing together two wooden boards to form an L shape

Two wooden boards being screwed together using a drill.
Clamp the structure securely to the workbench when screwing the boards together.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, g-clamps, Pre-drilled wooden board from step 1, Wooden board made from beechwood (approx. 20 x 120 x 160 mm), Round head screws (4 x 16 mm)

Using the round head screws, screw two of the prepared wooden boards together. Use G-clamps to hold the boards while screwing them together..

If you like, you can apply wood oil to your wooden structure.

Step 3 8

Sawing out the hole

A hole saw being used to saw a hole in a copper sheet.
Several measurements and a round hole marked on a diagram.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Holesaw 35mm, g-clamps, Copper sheet (approx. 1 x 120 x 340 mm)

Now it’s time to work on the copper sheet. Place the copper sheet on the scrap wooden board and, using a 35 mm hole saw, drill a hole for the coffee filter stand (see the coloured circular marking in the diagram in image 2). Make sure you secure everything properly during this step.

Step 4 8

Drilling holes in the copper sheet

Various holes being drilled into a copper sheet.
Use the diagram to find the correct place for the holes.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Metal drill bit 4 mm, pencil, pocket rule, g-clamps, Copper sheet (approx. 1 x 120 x 340 mm)

In this step, mark the four holes on the copper sheet according to the diagram (see step 3) and drill them with a 4 mm metal drill bit.

Step 5 8

Sanding the holes

A sanding sheet is being used to sand the edges of a round hole in a copper sheet.
It’s a good idea to use a fine 120-grain sanding sheet to make everything nice and smooth.

You need: G80 sanding paper, The copper sheet from steps 3 and 4

To give the drilled holes – especially the large one – smooth edges, sand them again by hand using a sanding sheet.

Step 6 8

Building a bending jig

One perforated plate being screwed onto two wooden boards – one per board.
Secure everything tightly before you begin screwing things together.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, pencil, pocket rule, g-clamps, 2 wooden boards made from beechwood (approx. 20 x 120 x 160 mm), The copper sheet from steps 3 and 4, Round head screws (4 x 16 mm), Washers (5.3 x 20 mm), Perforated plates (40 x 160 x 2 mm)

In order to bend the copper sheet, you need to build a custom jig. Place the copper sheet on two of the wooden boards that have not been used yet. Now, use the round head screws (4 x 16 mm) to screw one of the two perforated plates to each of the wooden boards. Position the perforated plate along the pink marking from the diagram (see step 3).

Fit the screws for the outer holes of the perforated plates (one hole on one side and two holes on the other) and use two washers (5.3 x 20 mm) per hole.

Step 7 8

Bending the copper sheet

A wooden structure being used to bend a copper sheet 90 degrees.
Be careful when bending the copper sheet, and make sure to clamp the jig securely.

You need: g-clamps, The bending jig from step 6

The copper sheet can be carefully bent 90 degrees using the jig you screwed together in step 6.

Step 8 8

Attaching the copper sheet

A bent copper sheet being screwed to a wooden structure.
The L-shape of the copper sheet and the wooden structure form the stand.

You need: Cordless combi drill, Suitable bit set, g-clamps, The bent copper sheet from step 7, The wooden structure from step 2, 4 black round head screws (4 x 6 mm), Porcelain coffee filter

Finally, separate the bent copper piece from the bending jig and use the black round head screws (6 x 4 mm) to screw it onto the wooden pieces you worked on in steps 1 and 2. Your minimalist coffee filter stand is now ready!

Now, all you have to do is place the porcelain coffee filter in the hole on to top, and you’re good to go.