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    Thank you, the Profitec Parts are coming along nicely and I will have some finished prototypes available shortly in Sheoak, Jarrah, Olivewood and Tasmanian Blackwood. The main thing with these is to ensure that the stainless steel cover fits properly on the steam handles as the Asian machine made wooden ones I have seen make them without the covers or require them to be taped down. As I make everything by hand individually it allows you to get closer to each piece so I am working on producing them so everything fits snugly. I will also be releasing hardwood part sets for the Rocket Giotto Evoluzione and R58 following the Profitec Pro.

    If anyone has any suggestions or feedback on wooden parts they have for these models please let me know :-)

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    No that's fine I made one of these recently for a Gruppo Izzo Pompei 1 and another machine and believe the specs are the same. I make them fairly chunky to ensure the wood is as robust as possible and has a good grip in the hand.

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    Love the look of timber on the bling machines. Awesome!!

    On my ever extending to do list.

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    Izzo wood bling.jpg
    My Izzo Pompei with wood bling.

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    Looks even better than that day years ago that it left us Greg.

    To the best of my memory, yours is the only clack one in Australia and 1 of only 2 1 group variants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    No that's fine I made one of these recently for a Gruppo Izzo Pompei 1 and another machine and believe the specs are the same. I make them fairly chunky to ensure the wood is as robust as possible and has a good grip in the hand.

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    Having been using the Wilcox handles for a few weeks now I can confirm they are beautifully made and extremely tactile and with a feel in the hand that only quality timber can bring. They certainly look and feel as though they will be a permanent fixture for the life of the machine.

    Highly recommended.
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    PS: I had a tamper made up by Leon using the same Sheoak as the rest of the handles he made for me. The tamper is as good as other high end tampers made by reputable companies and was very competitively priced.
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    My ECM Technika. I think I want to do another set with a matching tamper handle. Just looking for that special timber to inspire me - any ideas Leon?

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    mmm wood loving

    my pimped up r58








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    !!! Beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [COLOR=#333333
    mmm wood loving [/COLOR]

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    Hi John,

    I love the grain in the wood on your machine :-) I am currently planning this design. Could I ask does the Rocket logo click naturally onto the steam valve or did it require any adhesive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    This base:
    Hi Paul,

    Yes that's fine, when I get an order for a specific tamper base design such as these I will order in one to use as a template and then build the tamper handle around the base so everything fits perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post



    Hi John,

    I love the grain in the wood on your machine :-) I am currently planning this design. Could I ask does the Rocket logo click naturally onto the steam valve or did it require any adhesive?

    Cheers
    Leon

    Leon, sorry for the late reply, the timber is cocobolo and the 2 silver inserts one with logo and one without simply click into place. No adhesive needed as then would make it hard to get to the bold behind it to remove if needed.

    I do have the original handles here at home if you would like to see them and measure them.
    PM me some details and will gladly post them to you, just as long as they do come back

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    Thank you for the info John. I have read about the ones coming from Korea and they say to use tape as they don't machine the tops to fit the silver inserts snugly so I wasn't sure what the other custom makers where doing. Also, thank you for the offer but I have one here with me already and can see a way to click them into place.They also have an unusual squared design for the brass insert which I will be able to machine to get the fitting perfect.

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    Leon, yes thats the one thing the guy that did mine got wrong, he forgot the square insert, but it was easily fixed at home to make it fit, so no major dramas.

    good to see you are making some nice handles and well priced also...may need to get a second set just for something different

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    mmm wood loving

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    That is really beautiful
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caps View Post
    My ECM Technika. I think I want to do another set with a matching tamper handle. Just looking for that special timber to inspire me - any ideas Leon?

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    Very nice :-) At the moment I have some lovely configured woods such as Sheoak and Olivewood and also some darker deep grained such as Old Growth Jarrah. Tasmanian Blackwood would compliment the colours you already have some of the batch I have is translucent like the knob on the right in the second picture :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Very nice :-) At the moment I have some lovely configured woods such as Sheoak and Olivewood and also some darker deep grained such as Old Growth Jarrah. Tasmanian Blackwood would compliment the colours you already have some of the batch I have is translucent like the knob on the right in the second picture :-)
    Mulga is also another lovely wood, almost like an ebony but with more character and contrast in many ways in my opinion. This Tamper I spliced some on the top to compliment the grain of the olivewood stem :-)


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    Sheoak is a magnificent timber in that the grain is very defined and with time it changes colour into even richer grain contrasts. Having used this extensively on my floors when I was a Sandgroper, I can highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Mulga is also another lovely wood, almost like an ebony but with more character and contrast in many ways in my opinion. This Tamper I spliced some on the top to compliment the grain of the olivewood stem :-)


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    Thanks Leon. I like the look of the Mulga, I think I am looking for something darker than what I have which is New Guinea Rosewood. I will send you some drawings next week - I only need the timber part, I already have all the hardware. I am not sure what my tamper is right now, I am travelling at the moment. I also have one of those Espro 'calibrated' tamper , have you done a handle for one of those before?

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    JohnA - I love the cocobolo too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Hi guys,

    Let's have a thread dedicated to pimping up our chrome beauties with wood.

    I'll start if by plugging Leon's amazing work. He's currently working on prototypes for a Profitec.

    here is the first hand made prototype steam valve handle and it feels great in the hand. The steel cap fits tight as a drum, Just have a few fine adjustments to smooth around the edges:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caps View Post
    Thanks Leon. I like the look of the Mulga, I think I am looking for something darker than what I have which is New Guinea Rosewood. I will send you some drawings next week - I only need the timber part, I already have all the hardware. I am not sure what my tamper is right now, I am travelling at the moment. I also have one of those Espro 'calibrated' tamper , have you done a handle for one of those before?
    No problem, I lwill have a look into the calibrated tamper design.
    Cheers Leon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caps View Post
    JohnA - I love the cocobolo too!
    thanks mate, yes it is a beautiful timber, and just seems to suit the machine nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    mmm wood loving

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    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
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    thanks so much for the kind words
    i was big into photography a few years back, with canon camera and a stack of L glass. However got to a point where i no longer wanted to be lugging so much around especially when on holidays, so decided to try one of the little sony nex 6.
    I was very impressed by what the little bugger could do and this is with the kit lens an 16-50mm
    So i sold all my canon gear and happily shoot with the nex 6 and 2 lenses, the 16-50 and the 55-210

    Sure you dont get as much detail but the results are usually good enough that you dont miss having lots of pro gear to lug around.

    Post production work also plays a bit of a role.

    Now an espresso calendar, that sounds like fun....

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    Leon

    Ever thought of making some wooden components for grinders?
    hopper lids, PF holders and such?

    would look pretty cool having some part of all your kit pimped out with wood

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnA View Post
    I was very impressed by what the little bugger could do and this is with the kit lens an 16-50mm
    So i sold all my canon gear and happily shoot with the nex 6 and 2 lenses, the 16-50 and the 55-210
    Similar situation to myself...
    Got a stack of Nikon gear stored away that hasn't seen the light of day for yonks...

    My compact Canon is just so convenient and capable...

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    Profitec

    Have been hibernating in the workshop the past couple of days and finished off a revised stencil to make the steam valves for the profitec pro 700. Very happy with how the steam knob shaped sides came out as it takes a while to get it right by hand so it has definitely been a learning curve (mind the pun).

    Everything is currently soaking in natural oil and resin and I will then get some photos of them on a machine and start making them for customers :-) I give everything several coats and wait 24hrs for them to dry between coats before sanding and re-coating. I prefer this way to polyurethane as this method builds up a shiny patina over time and will develop a nice antique look.

    The next 2 stencils will be for the Rocket Evoluzione and R58.

    Cheers
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    If you have anything in mind for your grinders just pop me a line and I will look into how the parts are made and replicate them into hardwood's:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Leon

    Ever thought of making some wooden components for grinders?
    hopper lids, PF holders and such? would look pretty cool having some part of all your kit pimped out with wood
    Hi yes I make the knobs etc on the grinders as people like to have everything handmade in the same woods, even for their plastic barbecue dials :-) I also make the portafilter holders and will be working on getting some kit shortly to make the bowls. The attached sheoak tamper and station left for Florida yesterday as they seem to like the Australian hardwoods over there :-)

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    Hi Leon

    Once I have a machine worthy of being pimped out I'll drop you a line

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    The attached sheoak tamper and station left for Florida yesterday as they seem to like the Australian hardwoods over there :-)

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    They have good taste....
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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    AWESOME idea.

    And bases for hand grinders too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Hi yes I make the knobs etc on the grinders as people like to have everything handmade in the same woods, even for their plastic barbecue dials :-) I also make the portafilter holders and will be working on getting some kit shortly to make the bowls. The attached sheoak tamper and station left for Florida yesterday as they seem to like the Australian hardwoods over there :-)

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    Gorgeous! I want a handle for my LM pressure gauge portafiltre!

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    Remember when you first saw it, this from June 2009, basic but very effective and still in use.
    Tamping block.



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    Seriously that R58 is one of the best looking machines ive seen. Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Remember when you first saw it, this from June 2009, basic but very effective and still in use.
    Tamping block.


    Very nice :-) a matching hardwood portafilter handle would go nicley with it as well :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Amazing work Leon. I hope the orders are flowing in
    And here is the finished Profitec Steam Handle design :-) These are completely handmade, no electronic copy equipment used.

    Thank you yes getting a lot of requests at the moment, this set is going to New York :-)

    Next job is to make the parts for the Rocket R58 and Giotto Evoluzione and have currently completed the brass inserts and templates for the steam/water taps for these machines. They take a little while to make so everybody get your order in quick :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Leon, expect a call from a guy wanting wooden side panels for his new ECM Controvento. I told him that you are the man for the job
    Cheers Paul, appreciate it :-)

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    Rocket Giotto Evoluzione and Premium Plus

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    A variety of new machine parts drying






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    Here are some new options I am including with the Profitec Pro 700 sets.






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    and some larger pics of the new Rocket Rocket Evoluzione Handmade Part sets just released! Pics coming very soon of them fitted on home machines! I have had massive feedback on these so if anyone would like to purchase a set please contact as they take a while to make and will provide 10% discount for CS members.










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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilcox_Custom_Coffee_Parts View Post
    Here are some new options I am including with the Profitec Pro 700 sets.
    Just when I think it wouldn't be possible for you top your work in this thread, you present this gorgeous piece of work. You have a gift.

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    Thank you, I appreciate your feedback. New pictures coming this week of a variety of part sets for Rocket, Expobar and more for the Profitec coffee machines :-)

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    Pimping up your gear with wood

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    Here are some handmade part sets for the Rocket Giotto Evoluzione in Olivewood

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    Here are some handmade part sets for the Rocket Giotto Evoluzione in Olivewood



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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Here are some handmade part sets for the Rocket Giotto Evoluzione in Sheoak


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