I considered motorizing the VVD'd Pharos grinder I have, but how to do it (and nice enough to reside in the kitchen with my SO approval)? Pulleys and a timing belt might work for the drive. Or, maybe a motor directly above? I had read about someone using a drill, so I started sketching up some ideas. I tried using a cap nut and socket drive with a standard corded drill. It didn't have enough torque unless running close to full speed, and that seemed way too fast. I also have a low speed high torque variable speed drill, so I tried that, and it seemed able to handle the force necessary at lower speeds.
Okay, so how to make it nice enough for the kitchen? Some kind of enclosure, right? I started with a nice wood back board and aluminum flashing wrapping around. Then figured I could veneer the flashing. It could be removable and replaceable if needed.
So, here's the plan:
- Wall mounted (with the option for a stand)
Grinds into basket on scale (with WTD funnel to keep dose in)
Removable grounds funnel (interchangeable as well)
Easy to adjust speed
Enough space to load beans easily
Ability to return to 1 degree settings