The $2.50 WDT tool - revisited - let's see yours - Page 4

Beginner and pro baristas share tips and tricks.

Postby Tonefish » Aug 14, 2018, 9:39 pm

IPW20X wrote:Matcha tea whisk with most of the legs cut off.....soft bamboo is easy on my precision baskets.


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Postby toolate » Jan 30, 2019, 2:27 pm

anyone try a stainless mini whisk with ends cut off or is the stainless to stiff?


Postby crankles » Apr 02, 2019, 2:45 pm

posted on the $2.50 thread as well.

Here's my 1st attempt using a $4 ball whisk.


Postby mgwolf » Apr 02, 2019, 4:02 pm


Enclosed is my 3-pronged WDT tool made up of 3 (very cheap) dissecting needles taped together. Works well.


Postby Garand » Apr 18, 2019, 6:16 pm

Someone may have already posted this somewhere but I had a discovery yesterday for a cheap and almost readymade WDT tool.

It is a Keycap Removal Tool. A wire keycap removal tool is perfect for this job, you just have to cut both wires in the middle and then bend them into small circles if you want to.

This is what it looks like before you click the wires apart

and here is what it would look like after clipping and bending. THIS IS JUST A PROOF OF CONCEPT I KNOW THE CRAFTMANSHIP IS HIDEOUS FORGIVE ME!
ugly as it is, it works GREAT and has this hole so I can place it on my mazzer grind adjustment rod.


Postby mallen4248 » Apr 18, 2019, 10:46 pm


My WDT, it really does work great. It's a bamboo flag skewer that I use for yakitori. The price is very good, as a pack of 100 was less than $10, I think it was a lot less but can't remember. And the flag end works as a great spatula if you overshoot the dose.
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Postby scotchian » Apr 23, 2019, 1:08 am

ImageOk, so this seemed like a nifty little gadget and I made a pretty uniform one on the cheap with 0.31" spinner shafts. I found it to be a magic wand for my Chemex but worthless for espresso. Am I missing something? Are you guys using bottomless portafilters? If I grind from my Rocky into the porta and stir with the gadget I get a sloppy mess with channeling and spray. If I grind into a Mason jar then give it a shimmy (like I'm panning for gold), and dose with factory scoop into the basket, shaking it flat as I go..... I get a single converged pour with no channeling and no spray. Thoughts?


Postby Dingus » Apr 24, 2019, 10:08 pm

Some of these look like torture devices, don't get caught at the airport :shock:

For the most part, home espresso enthusiasts that I have met seem very inventive. I wonder if it's the caffeine or the nature of the hobby?