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    Thanks very much Leon,
    There is no rush, enjoy your break. I will also be away for work a couple of weeks but on my return I will try the technique you suggested. Cannot wait!

    Cheers Hoggers, if the other method does not work I will resort to a friend with a vice .

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggers View Post
    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.
    Hi Hoggers , yes a vice is also a good idea. The handle looks great with the bottomless head ☺

    cheers Leon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie4coffee View Post
    Thanks very much Leon,
    There is no rush, enjoy your break. I will also be away for work a couple of weeks but on my return I will try the technique you suggested. Cannot wait!

    Cheers Hoggers, if the other method does not work I will resort to a friend with a vice .

    Cheers
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    No worries Charlie. It is a good feeling when you start to see them coming loose ☺ cheers Leon

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    Here is a shot of a recent Olivewood Rocket Giotto set for a Canadian customer

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    These handmade sets have been made using Old Growth Jarrah which is my personal favourite wood to work a with as it has a nice chocolatey colour and smells like cocoa when sanding. The wood also finishes with a lot of rich hues.

    I make everything to order and if time permits occasionally I make extra parts and build them up over time and will have some available premade as Christmas approaches including these which are available now.

    The following sets are designed for a Lelit Model PL62S, Profited Pro 700 & 800 and a Rocket Giotto.
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    This set is made for the Profitec Pro 500 & 700 models and features a La Pavoni style portafilter handle

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    Profitec Pro 800 handmade in Old Growth Jarrah

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    Here is the Rocket Giotto Handmade Set

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    Lastly here are two styles of Slayer designs I came up with recently. The handles are made robust and fatter than the originals to accommodate the larger M12 bolts and are fairly heavy.

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    Here are some newly machined stainless steel caps made for a new range of ECM part sets I am working on.
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    Here is a full bling Let handmade set made from Old Growth Jarrah and stainless steel accents

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    This is a full handmade Sheoak Rocket R58 coffee parts set made with matching portafilter handles.


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    The same R58 style set in Old Growth Jarrah

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    Wilcox-pimped Lambro

    I want to thank Leon for the monumental (utterly bespoke!!!) work that he did for me for my Faema Lambro.

    Many, many e-mails went back and forth across the country in an effort to attain results that are keeping with the traditional Faema handles yet allow many different combinations in appearance.

    Leon made 2 sets with 2 different types of wood..one was found in an old goldfield area (the lighter colour wood) and the other is old growth Jarrah. There are 2 different finishes of metal end caps for the lever handle and the portafilter handle...stainless and a brass anodised stainless.

    All parts are interchangeable so I can have brass or stainless caps on either wood.

    The tap handles have an insert of turned wood that actually threads onto the machine's tap spindles (ingenious!) that can be mixed and matched too. I can even have an old Jarrah tap handle with a goldfield insert!

    Leon made a metal fitting that allowed the handle to fit onto the lever and accept the metal caps...both having different threads (removed and shown in the attachment).

    There was so much communication and so many decisions that we made via e-mail and the occasional phone call...but the picture reveals all.

    I am really happy with the results!

    Leon...I tip my hat to you!!! Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paolo View Post
    I want to thank Leon for the monumental (utterly bespoke!!!) work that he did for me for my Faema Lambro.

    Many, many e-mails went back and forth across the country in an effort to attain results that are keeping with the traditional Faema handles yet allow many different combinations in appearance.

    Leon made 2 sets with 2 different types of wood..one was found in an old goldfield area (the lighter colour wood) and the other is old growth Jarrah. There are 2 different finishes of metal end caps for the lever handle and the portafilter handle...stainless and a brass anodised stainless.

    All parts are interchangeable so I can have brass or stainless caps on either wood.

    The tap handles have an insert of turned wood that actually threads onto the machine's tap spindles (ingenious!) that can be mixed and matched too. I can even have an old Jarrah tap handle with a goldfield insert!

    Leon made a metal fitting that allowed the handle to fit onto the lever and accept the metal caps...both having different threads (removed and shown in the attachment).

    There was so much communication and so many decisions that we made via e-mail and the occasional phone call...but the picture reveals all.

    I am really happy with the results!

    Leon...I tip my hat to you!!! Thanks.
    Very beautifully made great stuff, good to see this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Here are some newly machined stainless steel caps made for a new range of ECM part sets I am working on.
    Yes please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paolo View Post
    I want to thank Leon for the monumental (utterly bespoke!!!) work that he did for me for my Faema Lambro.

    Many, many e-mails went back and forth across the country in an effort to attain results that are keeping with the traditional Faema handles yet allow many different combinations in appearance.

    Leon made 2 sets with 2 different types of wood..one was found in an old goldfield area (the lighter colour wood) and the other is old growth Jarrah. There are 2 different finishes of metal end caps for the lever handle and the portafilter handle...stainless and a brass anodised stainless.

    All parts are interchangeable so I can have brass or stainless caps on either wood.

    The tap handles have an insert of turned wood that actually threads onto the machine's tap spindles (ingenious!) that can be mixed and matched too. I can even have an old Jarrah tap handle with a goldfield insert!

    Leon made a metal fitting that allowed the handle to fit onto the lever and accept the metal caps...both having different threads (removed and shown in the attachment).

    There was so much communication and so many decisions that we made via e-mail and the occasional phone call...but the picture reveals all.

    I am really happy with the results!

    Leon...I tip my hat to you!!! Thanks.
    Hi Paolo,

    Thankyou I really appreciate your kind words. It was certainly an interesting process and a pleasure to work together to create what you were looking for.

    Cheers

    Leon
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    Damn that wood looks really great.

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    Another shout out to Leon, this time for personally delivering this set of Blackheart Sassafras handles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu76 View Post
    Another shout out to Leon, this time for personally delivering this set of Blackheart Sassafras handles.
    I think the metal/wood combo looks more modern, really excellent looking machine, congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu76 View Post
    Another shout out to Leon, this time for personally delivering this set of Blackheart Sassafras handles.
    Oh, that's stunning. My favourite timber. Did you source this, or was it from Leon's stockpile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Oh, that's stunning. My favourite timber. Did you source this, or was it from Leon's stockpile?
    I sourced it for Leon from Island Specialty Timbers in Tassie, they cut the timber to Leon’s requirements.
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    Wow, fantastic!!

    Cheers

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    After picking up a grinder on the cheap and couriering it to fellow snob, he wanted to return the favour and offered to make me a wooden PF handle for my machine. One turned into two ("for when I get a real machine") and a tamper handle when he heard my tamper already had a wooden handle that wouldn't match.

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    I love the satin finish and the way the timber feels in my hands. The portafilter handles feel like they were made to have hands wrapped around them, especially when held immediately after the hard plastic lumpiness that is the Breville handles. The tamper is extra nice for me because I ordered olivewood for the handle when I ordered it a few years back, and when you get really close to it you can see the darker lines on it, but from a distance the colour looks pretty uniform. The "tiger stripes" were the whole reason I paid extra for the olive wood so I was quite disappointed. Now I keep finding my eyes wandering back to the tamper. Now that it's on the base it looks so much like what I thought I was getting when I ordered my original one. I thought I was over the disappointment but it's bringing me such great pleasure to see it sitting in my coffee corner, and even more to use. I much prefer the shape of this new one too, the way it looks and feels in the hand.

    So thanks chippy, you're an absolute legend, aside from the fact I now feel the need to upgrade the other bit sitting on the bench to match!

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    Quote Originally Posted by level3ninja View Post
    After picking up a grinder on the cheap and couriering it to fellow snob, he wanted to return the favour and offered to make me a wooden PF handle for my machine. One turned into two ("for when I get a real machine") and a tamper handle when he heard my tamper already had a wooden handle that wouldn't match.

    20171201_081535.jpg 20171201_081611.jpg 20171201_091515.jpg 20171202_133531.jpg 20171202_085315.jpg

    I love the satin finish and the way the timber feels in my hands. The portafilter handles feel like they were made to have hands wrapped around them, especially when held immediately after the hard plastic lumpiness that is the Breville handles. The tamper is extra nice for me because I ordered olivewood for the handle when I ordered it a few years back, and when you get really close to it you can see the darker lines on it, but from a distance the colour looks pretty uniform. The "tiger stripes" were the whole reason I paid extra for the olive wood so I was quite disappointed. Now I keep finding my eyes wandering back to the tamper. Now that it's on the base it looks so much like what I thought I was getting when I ordered my original one. I thought I was over the disappointment but it's bringing me such great pleasure to see it sitting in my coffee corner, and even more to use. I much prefer the shape of this new one too, the way it looks and feels in the hand.

    So thanks chippy, you're an absolute legend, aside from the fact I now feel the need to upgrade the other bit sitting on the bench to match!
    Beautiful, congrats!
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    Here are some handmade Rocket Parts sets. The first set is made for an Apartmanento from a new batch of Blackbutt. The second is made from a pale Olivewood for an R60v. I use this timber in replacement for lighter woods such as maple or oak. The last set is a Tasmanian Blackwood Rocket Giotto set.


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    Here is another Tasmanian Blackwood set made for a Lelit Model PL62S for a French customer.


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    This set is made from Sheoak for an ECM Synchronika without the stainless caps.


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    Here are some handmade Profitec Pro sets. The first one is made for an 800 model from figured olivewood. The second is made for the 300 model from Tasmanian Blackwood. The steam/water handles are all handcut freehand.


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    This is a new portafilter station design made from Jarrah. They are fairly heavy and reobust to take the weight and for tamping.




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    This is a new Breville set made from Australian Sheoak. Everything is cut from one piece of wood to ensure a consistant grain and colour.




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    Here are some shots of the parts in progress. The brewing levers are made from Blackbutt and Sheoak and are part of a small batch I am currently making. The last shot is of a Rocket handle being prepared for fitting the stainless cap which takes a while to get a compression fitting.

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    All so beautiful Leon....

    Definitely the "pièce de résistance" to complete any shiny espresso machine.

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    The Wilcox pieces that I have feel perfect in the hand. They are so functional and drop-dead beautiful. A credit to you, Leon!
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    Thank you you guys I appreciate the kind words :-)

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    Here is an Australian Blackbutt Rocket R58 handmade parts set. The set is matt finished using a mixture of tung oil and carnauba wax

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    Here is a handmade Olivewood tamper and portafilter station set.


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    Here is a handmade Old Growth Jarrah ECM Technika set with DC SS caps made for a customer in Germany.
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    Here is a similar set made for a customer down the road from me in Perth. This set is made from Australian Marri.

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    Here are some Olivewood parts for an Expobar Office Control


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Here is a handmade Old Growth Jarrah ECM Technika set with DC SS caps made for a customer in Germany.
    Love the beautiful mix of Jarrah and SS end caps. Wonderful craftsmanship

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    Quote Originally Posted by matth3wh View Post
    Love the beautiful mix of Jarrah and SS end caps. Wonderful craftsmanship
    Thank you Matt, much appreicated :-)

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    Here is a full handmade parts set made from Old Growth Jarrah for a Rocket


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Here is a handmade Old Growth Jarrah ECM Technika set with DC SS caps made for a customer in Germany.
    Niiiice work Leon. Love it!

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    Can’t wait to receive my set Leon!
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    Hello I just registered here because I think the wood parts so great. I am a beginner in turning and already have experience with handles for my own machine. However, I've always just made the rotary wheels bilang round. is there a trick how to make this "star shape" instead of a round form? file?
    Could you give ma a tip??

    Excuse my english - I'm from Germany ;-)

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