Coffee Grinder Restoration

I found this little antique coffee grinder at a Salvation Army. It is a 1982 Teleflora that had a broken drawer and a few knicks and scratches.


Read on for the step-by-step...

1. Clean it out



2. Test it out:
Our first go at it produced some very rough grinds (see below) , we knew it needed to be adjusted to make it grind the beans into the fine powder. 

3. Disassemble it:
Once we got it working correctly it was time to disassemble it so that we could clean all the parts and refinish the wood. Make sure you remember how the parts go back together!

(Make sure your dog helps too)
4. Sand it down!
We sanded off all of the varnish completely using fine grit sand paper and smoothed out any knicks. Someone had also written "3" on the bottom of it in permanent marker (thank you very much salvation army...); so I carefully sanded that off without sanding over the Teleflora logo. We also used the sandpaper to get off some little bits of rust that had accumulated on the metal pieces. 

5. Remove any sanding dust with a wet paper towel and let the piece dry. 

6. We used Elmer's wood glue to repair the drawer front and wrapped it with rubber bands to compress it while it dried for a few hours. 

7. Stain the wood using a paint brush. 
I wanted it to match the original varnish so I went with Cherry - follow the directions on the can if you want to add a second coat (I did - the dry down time between coats was 4-5 hours). Let that dry overnight before you coat the varnish.


8. Layer on a couple coats of Polyurethane and let dry thoroughly before use.


9. Reassemble! 
We put it back together and replaced the drawer dulled knob screw with a new shiny gold one.

Now, grind some coffee beans up!! 



*bonus tip: store some hazelnuts or cinnamon sticks in the bag with your coffee beans and possibly grind them up too with the beans for some extra flavor.
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