Making a Portafilter Wall Mount

I always seem to have Portafilters lying around on the kitchen worktop, partly because I have a couple of them (the original Gaggia filter, and a naked PF), and partly because I tend to leave them off the machine after cleaning. Some kind of wall mount seemed like the solution, but I did a quick search and didn’t find anything suitable, so decided to have a go at making one.

Wood seemed like a natural choice, to avoid damaging the Portafilter, and being easy to work with. I started with some 45x45mm scrap soft wood, and routed out two 70mm diameter holes (I made a temporary MDF jig for the router to cut this radius). Then I routed slots for the Portafilter handles (about 19mm for the standard PF, and 16mm for the naked PF) as shown below:

Portafilter Wall Mount

The next stage was to chisel out some slots to accommodate the “ears” on the Portafilters. This was pretty easy for the naked PF, but it took a bit more work to shape it to suit the original Gaggia PF, mainly due to the big flared handle on the PF. I put a 45 degree chamfer on the lower front edge of the block, to make it easy to insert/remove the Gaggia PF.

Having finished the wood work, I sanded it smooth and treated it. After searching for a suitable “food safe” coating, I settled on pure Tung Oil. I didn’t thin the first coat (to avoid mixing in any toxic thinners/solvents!) and it worked out fine. I applied three coats at 24 hour intervals, sanding lightly between coats. Each coat was applied with a brush, left for 20~30 minutes, then the surface was wiped clean with a rag.

Portafilter Wall Mount

Here’s a view after the final coat. It seems to give a nice smooth finish, and is apparently resistant to water, alcohol etc. Time will tell how well it lasts in daily use!

Portafilter Wall Mount

Here’s a top view showing the recesses needed to accept the “ears” on the Portafilters. The left side is for the original Gaggia PF, which needs a very large area removed to allow it to be lifted in/out easily. The right side is for the naked PF and needs a much smaller recess:

Portafilter Wall Mount

Here’s a view of the two Portafilters slotted into the wall mount bracket. Now I just need to drill a couple of holes and mount it! I’m planning to leave this for a week or so to cure properly before using it in earnest.

Portafilter Wall Mount

Here’s a final update, showing it mounted on the wall with a couple of 8×2½” screws:

Portafilter Wall Mount

5 thoughts on “Making a Portafilter Wall Mount”

  1. A good looking solution (read: neat) to the always-present issue of kitchen counter clutter.
    I’m wondering if it would’ve been possible to 3D-print the portafilter holder – assuming that you let the portafilter cool down after usage.

    1. Hi Patrick
      I did consider 3D printing (have access to an Ultimaker 2) but I prefer the appearance of wood to plastic – although it is a matter of personal taste, and you could make a feature of it of course with bold colours etc. The temperature may be an issue, although it looks like you need to be over 105C for ABS to start melting (http://reprap.org/wiki/ABS) so may be OK?
      3D printing would be really convenient, as you could make a more exact fit to the Portafilter, and it would be easier to tailor it to suit different types of Portafilter. I suspect someone will have already tried this, but haven’t googled it yet!
      Now the ultimate solution would be a milling machine and a chunk of quality hard wood I think 😉
      James

      1. Your wooden version clearly has more style. Further, a low-hanging portafilter would disappear fast (*hint*: small children).

        1. Yes, that could end badly!
          I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now and it has been well worth the effort in making it. Now I just need to find a solution for the coffee grinds that get everywhere from my grinder 😉

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