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    and here are some steam level handles in olive, shoeak and jarrah, all handmade to fit Rocket, Expobar and Profitec Machines
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Oh my giddy aunt, I need to find something to sell
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    Some more from the Jarrah as this is also my favourite set. This wood is genuine old growth jarrah as you can see by the dark colour and lack of pink.


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    Cheers that grain is nice. I have some really old growth Olivewood at the moment which is greeny olive in colour and will be making some Profitec and Rocket part sets with it shortly. This wood has been sitting under cover on a trailer for about 40 years and from the test pieces soaked in Tung Oil it will come up really nice :-) will post pics shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnafunk View Post
    Oh my giddy aunt, I need to find something to sell
    Kidney?
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    What kind of an effect does caffeine have on the kidneys? I imagine mine are had it
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnafunk View Post
    What kind of an effect does caffeine have on the kidneys? I imagine mine are had it
    Let me google that for you

    Sorry... couldn't help myself

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    So I finally get to show off my Rocket Evoluzione - pimped by Leon! 2016-08-17 18.59.42.jpg2016-08-17 18.59.59.jpg2016-08-17 19.07.51.jpg

    I have to thank Leon for the outstanding work that he does - I really could not be happier with the outcome. I've wanted to bling up my Evo, since I saw JohnA's R58. I'm also rapt with the tamper handle that Leon made, which he attached to a Reg Barber base - it is an absolute joy to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyF View Post
    Blimey JohnA, these photos are coffee geeks' version of the page 3 girls of the newspapers of my childhood. My heart and respiratory rates increased at the sight of these shots.

    Your photos are stunning. What camera were they shot on? Are you available to start a collaboration on a Pirelli-like calendar featuring the best 12 espresso machine and grinders of the year? I'd like to block out May for my Profitec Pro 700.

    Scott, Nikon d810; Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f2.8G ED; 24-70mm f2.8 ED VR; 105mm micro; AF-S 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II; SB-5000 speedlight
    You have exactly the same camera kit as my better half and when I first saw those photographs I immediately thought of the D810.

    Stunning capture, well done.

    This cocobolo timber, is it easy to get in Australia? I've never heard of it, but I'm not much of a timer person......but I would have to agree, it's stunning on such a beautiful machine.

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    Here is an extra large image of the Rocket machine

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    Hi Smee,

    Cocobolla is also known as Mexican Rosewood and can be a tough wood to get nowdays as it is being over logged. I know in the States they have import restrictions on the timber. I also previously worked a lot with snooker cues which use cocobolla ad it was getting harder to find. You would be able to get Australian native timbers with a similar grain such as Goldfield's woods and some Tasmainian Blackwood can be strongly figured in a similar fashion. cheers Leon

    Quote Originally Posted by Smee View Post
    You have exactly the same camera kit as my better half and when I first saw those photographs I immediately thought of the D810.

    Stunning capture, well done.

    This cocobolo timber, is it easy to get in Australia? I've never heard of it, but I'm not much of a timer person......but I would have to agree, it's stunning on such a beautiful machine.
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    Cocobolo dust is pretty nasty stuff for most people. Severe skin rashes and blistering and watch out if you breath it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Hi Smee,

    Cocobolla is also known as Mexican Rosewood and can be a tough wood to get nowdays as it is being over logged. I know in the States they have import restrictions on the timber. I also previously worked a lot with snooker cues which use cocobolla ad it was getting harder to find. You would be able to get Australian native timbers with a similar grain such as Goldfield's woods and some Tasmainian Blackwood can be strongly figured in a similar fashion. cheers Leon
    Thankyou Sir for your reply. After I get a house, with a kitchen in it, I will speak to Paul about a machine, then I will contact you and see what you can come up for me. Sadly it will be next year, but I look forward to it.

    Your work is beautiful.

    cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    Cocobolo dust is pretty nasty stuff for most people. Severe skin rashes and blistering and watch out if you breath it in.
    Certainly is dicey stuff...
    Our eldest son used to work with a wood-working group as a bit of a hobby. He ended up with a really nasty rash/psoriasis type of thing on his legs. Was very irritating and ended up being quite sore...

    Mal.
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    Profitec Pro 700 Sheoak Bling!
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    yep there are a few woods I also won't work with such as Pink ivory which the dust can be pretty unpleasant. Even the smell omitting from certain fruit woods can leave you feeling like you have just done 12 rounds :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smee View Post
    Thankyou Sir for your reply. After I get a house, with a kitchen in it, I will speak to Paul about a machine, then I will contact you and see what you can come up for me. Sadly it will be next year, but I look forward to it.

    Your work is beautiful.

    cheers.
    Cheers not a problem, thank you for your kind words :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Profitec Pro 700 Sheoak Bling!
    Looks like I know what my next project is for my 700. Great work mate!
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    Here that picture again without the bottom chopped off :-) and also some olivewood parts I am currently making




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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Here that picture again without the bottom chopped off :-) and also some olivewood parts I am currently making




    The finishing process takes around 10 days to complete and the parts initially sit in a pot of Tung Oil for several days which I use to pop the grain and bring out the true beauty of the wood naturally. The oil will also waterproof and protect the wood from alcohol and various acids. Once the parts are dry they are then fine sanded to between 20,000 - 30,000 grit before 5-7 coats of a very strong homemade Danish Oil mix is applied. I make the parts with the intention of lasting a lifetime with the proper care and give a lifetime guarantee on refinishing and workmanship.
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    Handmade Expobar Minore IV parts set using Old Growth Jarrah. This is the real stuff at least 50-60 years old back of the shed covered in dust stock :-) The deepness of the red is awesome. Tis is my first set for the Expobar and has been a little while in the making as the square brass inserts threw me initially to find the best way to construct them on the lathe. This set i just started finishing with an oil mix, so I am off for a pint.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Handmade Expobar Minore IV parts set using Old Growth Jarrah. This is the real stuff at least 50-60 years old back of the shed covered in dust stock :-) The deepness of the red is awesome. Tis is my first set for the Expobar and has been a little while in the making as the square brass inserts threw me initially to find the best way to construct them on the lathe. This set i just started finishing with an oil mix, so I am off for a pint.




    They look wonderful. So I have to ask are these for sale or for someone who has already asked for them?

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Great character - nice
    cheers Paul, they look better in person, will upload some pics once they are waxed etc and on the customers machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeechris View Post
    They look wonderful. So I have to ask are these for sale or for someone who has already asked for them?

    Cheers,

    Chris
    Hi Chris, these ones are for a customer but I have the same wood to make another set. They take about 2-3 weeks with the cutting and then finishing process.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Hi Chris, these ones are for a customer but I have the same wood to make another set. They take about 2-3 weeks with the cutting and then finishing process.

    Cheers
    Leon
    I work alone and have just the lathe, drill press and hand saw so try to keep everything handmade without using expensive equipment :-) It is more satisfying that way and a lot quieter but takes a little while when it gets busy :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    yep there are a few woods I also won't work with such as Pink ivory which the dust can be pretty unpleasant. Even the smell omitting from certain fruit woods can leave you feeling like you have just done 12 rounds :-)
    It makes me wonder why it's so. My guess is the obnoxious properties of the tree/timber served as some type of defence to the tree against attack from something or rather.

    Mother nature is fascinating.

    I wonder what other 'type' of pleasure such as coffee beans remains undetected by humans?

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.......I now have another "choice" to makes about what type of wood to use.

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    No problem Smee, the natural properties of timber such as the knots and blends of sap and heart wood also tells a story about the trees growth and composition which is one of the main reasons I enjoy hand making the coffee parts as every part or set that leaves the workshop is unique in its own way. Also when you work for a while with certain outstanding grain patterns etc it is sometimes difficult to let go of them :-)

    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Also when you work for a while with certain outstanding grain patterns etc it is sometimes difficult to let go of them :-)
    Can certainly empathise with you there...

    Used to restore old-ish firearms as a paying hobby many years ago and the wood on some of the stocks (when restored) were so gorgeous, I tended to hang on to them a bit longer than I should have. Loved doing these jobs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Can certainly empathise with you there...

    Used to restore old-ish firearms as a paying hobby many years ago and the wood on some of the stocks (when restored) were so gorgeous, I tended to hang on to them a bit longer than I should have. Loved doing these jobs...

    Mal.
    Yes that can be a problem :-)

    This is a translucent Olivewood Profitec Portafilter Handle I am making at the moment which is having the same effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    See this Profitec Pro700 with custom side panels - Nice
    Very nice :-)

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    and one more, the colours change when looking at the handle from different angles.

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    Just beautiful...

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    Handmade Sheoak Parts for an ECM Espresso Machine for a CS member



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    That is a nice looking machine and would look nice with old growth jarrah or blackwood parts :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Beautiful Leon. This Wilcox bling would look really great on the new Synchronika:
    As luck would have it, I now have a spare set which would fit

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    Is it possible to get all these custom modifications premade and purchase it online?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeeholic67 View Post
    Is it possible to get all these custom modifications premade and purchase it online?
    Sort of, maybe. It would depend on what machine you have, and what exactly you want.

    I designed my own and got the timber parts turned and finished by Wilcox. I then added the steel ends and screws/inserts myself. So in my case - no.

    But best to contact Leon at Wilcox (site sponsor) and you may find he has something to fit your machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Handmade Sheoak Parts for an ECM Espresso Machine for a CS member



    That looks fantastic. Did you machine the metal ends also?

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    That looks fantastic. Did you machine the metal ends also?

    Cheers
    No, just stainless steel kitchen cupboard knobs.
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    Profitec Pro 700 handmade Olivewood parts set heading to Singapore.

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    Profitec Pro 800 handmade olivewood parts set. This one I have added a lever handle compatible with the Pro 800. It is the same set as the previous picture but you get the idea :-) I am currently taking orders for these for Christmas so please contact me in advance if you would like something made by then as I work alone and each set takes a while to make and finish.



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    Hi, I didn't machine the metal ends, however I can machine them on the metal lathe.

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    Ah, too beautiful for words Leon...

    Mal.

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    cheers appreciate it :-)

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    Here is a new laminated tamper I have just finished for a customer. I am currently working on a tamper station using the same material to match.




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    Wow, that looks zany! What is the material?

    Cheers

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    Hi these are laminates made from cross laminated layers of hardwoods, known as lamellas which are glued together with the grain alternating at 90 degree angles for each layer. They are bonded under heat and pressure with durable, moisture-resistant adhesives and are extremely durable.

    Here are a few pictures of other colours I am using:

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    and a few more, I like the brown and white


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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I am currently making batches of these tampers using different base sizes for customers looking for unique and unusual Christmas gifts :-)

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