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    Wow! Looks amazing mate.

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    Well the Splendor makeover is pretty much done. I finished the knobs and managed to do a budget upgrade to a ball joint steam wand ($50 for the wand and $2.65 for a bush adaptor). I may still make a wood cup surround though. The last big thing on the list is to get the thermosiphon temp under control. I had a chat to one of the fix-it guys and it's just gonna be too expensive to get him to do the flow restrictor. I don't know anything about the insides of the machine so that is off the table unless I can find someone wanting to do it for fun . Done for now - time for a coffee...... Cheers, Daniel
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    Just got my Tas Blackwood parts from Leon at Wilcox Custom Coffee Parts for my Lelit PL042TEMD, love the result and he is a great bloke to work with. Highly recommend!!








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    Some recent customer photos of Rocket R58 handmade parts




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    Custom Faema Style Parts for a Profitec Pro 800




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    As always, just beautiful mate...

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    Those R58 steam/water knobs are the best! Awesome work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Nothing beats old-school hand craftsmanship. Beautiful Leon.
    Agreed!!...
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    Thanks Leon! Looks amazing and the workmanship is top quality.

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    Now, that does indeed look very, very nice...

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    Thank you Derrick for the kind words and the excellent photo :-) cheers

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    I am working on a Lelit series at the moment, here are some pictures of a steam/water handle in progress



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    The catalogue of machine parts is growing :-) this one is a Vibiemme Domobar Junior Parts Set in Sheoak


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    a few shots of a recent Rocket R58 in sheoak



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    Finished this morning, a handmade parts set for a Lelit Model PL62S using Old Growth Australian Jarrah





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    Thank you Paul will do. I have just come back from a break and back in the workshop. Here are some recent DC cap designs which are made with 317 stainless steel that I have machined locally.

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    Here are some more custom handmade sets. This time metal accents for a Farms Lambro These two sets are made using old growth Jarrah and WA Goldfields timber.
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    Stunning work Leon...

    Beautiful mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Thank you Paul will do. I have just come back from a break and back in the workshop. Here are some recent DC cap designs which are made with 317 stainless steel that I have machined locally.
    Very nice! And I love the name you have given them

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    Here is an Olivewood set heading to Spain for the customers Expobar Minore.

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    An old growth Jarrah set heading to Kawasaki, Japan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Here is an Olivewood set heading to Spain for the customers Expobar Minore.

    That is stunning! 👏
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    Wow!
    Beautiful work Leon...

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    Amazing. Looks unreal.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    That Olivewood is just !!! spectacular !!!
    Thank you Paul and Artman, that set comes from a nice figured batch of Olivewood that I have just cut and am using for some Rocket, Profitec and Breville works in progress. Will post some pictures of these as well soon.

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    Sheoak La Pavoni Stradivari. This handmade set is the first in my new range of LaPavoni parts. I am working on several other different models at the moment for customers and will be releasing more pictures soon. Cheers Leon

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    One more shot

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    Absolutely stunning.
    Do you have a kit for the Expobar as well?
    Does that include the brew lever?
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    Hi Charles,

    Thank you, yes I make parts for the Expobar Minore IV. My standard part sets include the small brew lever, 1 x PF handle and the steam/water handles. I also make additional PF handles and matching accessories from the same piece of timber such as tampers and stations etc.

    The link to my Expobar sets can be found here Leon Wilcox Handmade Wooden Coffee Parts - Expobar Minore Handmade Hardwood Coffee Parts

    If you have a different model, I design part sets for every machine that I am commissioned to make as we have a metal lathe in house and also a machinist nearby who makes the more complex brass fittings for me, such as making square holes and unusual threads etc.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Sheoak La Pavoni Stradivari. This handmade set is the first in my new range of LaPavoni parts. I am working on several other different models at the moment for customers and will be releasing more pictures soon. Cheers Leon

    Makes me want to buy a La Pavoni. Fantastic work as always Leon! My rocket evo is looking as stunning as ever, thanks to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    mmm wood loving

    my pimped up r58







    That is so beautiful, I've always loved these machines, but this is next level, wow!
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    Beautiful grains!!

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    Here are a few sets made from Olivewood which have just left the workshop. They are Made for a Profitec Pro 800 and a Rocket Giotto. The last set is customised to fit a Breville.
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    Here are a few sets made from Tasmanian Blackwood made for an Izzo Lever and another custom Breville set.

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    I have been playing around with new designs for the small brewing lever. This one is made from Australian Sheoak


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    Beautiful work as always Leon - Gorgeous.

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    Cheers Mal, appreciate it ☺

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    Wow, these are beautiful.

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    Hi Leon...

    I could not help it and had to have a peak. They are more beautiful than I could have imagined and cannot wait to install them on my Leva. I love the patterns in the Blackwood and the finish is simply superb.

    Will post some pictures of them installed.

    A massive thank you from one very happy camper.

    Alastair

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    You weren't meant to see them Alastair :-)

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    Fantastic work! The pics speak (very loudly) for themselves.

    Cheers

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    Hey Leon... all arrived and looks even more beautiful in the flesh

    i have sent you an email so when you get the chance can you have a look.

    Thank you so much for everything.. work workmanship is second to none.
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    Cheers I really appreciate the feedback ☺. I am returning from London at the moment on a Breville parts sourcing mission and want to focus on creating a unique range from a variety of Australian hardwoods as we head towards Christmas.

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    I am planning on releasing the PF handles with bottomless heads as well as the current option to glue the hardwood handle in place of the users existing ones.

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    Here are a set of Faema Handles with matching covers which I cut back to front to bring out the curl in the Jarrah

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    Just WOW...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Hi Charles,

    Thank you, yes I make parts for the Expobar Minore IV. My standard part sets include the small brew lever, 1 x PF handle and the steam/water handles. I also make additional PF handles and matching accessories from the same piece of timber such as tampers and stations etc.

    The link to my Expobar sets can be found here Leon Wilcox Handmade Wooden Coffee Parts - Expobar Minore Handmade Hardwood Coffee Parts

    If you have a different model, I design part sets for every machine that I am commissioned to make as we have a metal lathe in house and also a machinist nearby who makes the more complex brass fittings for me, such as making square holes and unusual threads etc.

    Cheers
    Leon
    Thanks Leon,

    I would like very much to order one of these, but I have a (most possibly silly) question to solve my doubts before ordering.
    I guess I will have to screw these onto my portafilters, but I tried to unscrew the handle and it is ultra-difficult to say the least.

    I tried soaking the PF in hot water, I tried searching for a hex-shaped thingy to put inside the PF but every hardware store I went to didn't have anything that fit. We tried the 11 and it was too small, but the 12 was too big. One also told me they think the dimensions are imperial and not metric. How does one go about doing that operation to enjoy the wooden handle ?

    All my PF are of the type with black handle, without any kind of cap at the extremity and just a hole (with no bolt/nut in it) but the cavity itself is shaped like a hex-nut. I can post an image if required.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie4coffee View Post
    Thanks Leon,

    I would like very much to order one of these, but I have a (most possibly silly) question to solve my doubts before ordering.
    I guess I will have to screw these onto my portafilters, but I tried to unscrew the handle and it is ultra-difficult to say the least.

    I tried soaking the PF in hot water, I tried searching for a hex-shaped thingy to put inside the PF but every hardware store I went to didn't have anything that fit. We tried the 11 and it was too small, but the 12 was too big. One also told me they think the dimensions are imperial and not metric. How does one go about doing that operation to enjoy the wooden handle ?

    All my PF are of the type with black handle, without any kind of cap at the extremity and just a hole (with no bolt/nut in it) but the cavity itself is shaped like a hex-nut. I can post an image if required.

    Cheers,
    Charlie
    Hi Charlie,

    All of the coffee machine manufacturers use a thread locking glue on the black plastic PF handle bolts to prevent movement once they have been screwed into the head. This glue can be softened with heat which will then allow them to be unscrewed easily. What I recommend is to point a hair dryer at the section the handle joins the head and gradually as it heats up they will start to budge. They can then be turned off by hand with a damp towel on the group head.

    I have used this method with a lot of success. Sometimes the heat acts very quickly depending on the amount or strength of glue the manufacturer has applied. I have had some which have been impossible to move by the grips of two people come off after 30 seconds of heat from a hair dryer. Another method is to use a heat gun if they are really stubborn. However, either way they will come off once the glue has become pliable.

    In terms of the hex fitting shape at the end of the handle. These are designed to take a large Allen Key. I am back in the workshop at the end of next week and will check whether it is a metric or imperial size as I have a variety of sizes specifically for PF handles, including the Expobar. However, generally the Italian fittings are based on metric.

    Lastly, if they are impossible to remove just pop them in the post to me and I will remove them complimentary.

    Cheers
    Leon
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    Absolutely stunning.

    Cheers

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    Hi Leon... welcome back and hope you feel nice and rested.

    Charlie... I had the same problem with my portafilter handle and no amount of praying to the gods was going to make it part ways with the handle.
    I ended up sticking it in a vice and it came away easily.

    Not sure if you have tried that but it worked for me. I think I just needed something to really grip and hold the handle still to break the grip of the glue.

    Tassie Blackwood handle now fitted and looks amazing.
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