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  • Advice/Experiences making wooden portfilter handle esp. for Silvia ?

    Hi CSers,
    I know that some of you are wood-turners as well as coffee snobs and Ive read at least one thread on a similar topic to my enquiry. Im interested in any thoughts or experiences you can offer up on the subject of turning and fitting wooden portafilter handles to a Silvia pf.

    Im a reasonably competent turner but mainly do bowls and lidded pots. Ive actually done plastic replacements for a butchers wooden handled knife sharpening steels (health regs) and fitting them is a doddle.

    My main concern/interest is preparing the handle to fit onto the pfs brass body.  The bare shaft has a square profile nearest the basket holder. I guess its  just a case of being judicious with a hand chisel but wondered what others thought. [edit]Does it even need to be square internally? [/edit]Maybe Im un-necessarily scared of unpowered devices.

    For those interested enough to get this far, Im likely to use recycled Ironbark.

    Mods- this is barely coffee-related so move me as needed.

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    Re: Advice/Experiences making wooden portfilter handle esp. for Silvia ?

    Ive done one for a Gaggia - which was very simple because it bolts through.

    I did one for a Silvia for a friend - the metal bits on this handle were just epoxied into a hole bored into the handle. I cant recall what it looked like - but I think it was a cross. Just bored to fit and poured in enough epoxy to fill and inserted...

    That was about 4 years ago - still going strong.

    /Kevin

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      Re: Advice/Experiences making wooden portfilter handle esp. for Silvia ?

      I have had 2 wooden handles gifted to me
      See my thread
      http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1268222554/60#60

      KK

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        Re: Advice/Experiences making wooden portfilter handle esp. for Silvia ?

        Thanks guys.
        Ive made a couple of prototypes on a softwood mainly to play with shapes. Just as well as my turning skills need refreshing. Im re-thinking the ironbark though. While the stuff I have has a lovely grain and colour its so hard it plays havoc with my chisels. That, plus my bandsaw went "pfhht!" half way through the first cut and the motor produced curly wisps of black smoke. Oh well I have some leftover furniture quality PNG Rosewood that I can cut to length with my saw table. Quite hard, nice colour and very fragrant when youre working it too, but grain nowhere near as strong.

        Originally posted by 5B5A5D100 link=1324727787/1#1 date=1324802267

        I did one for a Silvia for a friend - the metal bits on this handle were just epoxied into a hole bored into the handle.  I cant recall what it looked like - but I think it was a cross.  Just bored to fit and poured in enough epoxy to fill and inserted... 
        Thanks Kevin.  Think I might go with this solution too. Drilling right through is not problematic but a hole large enough for the fastening nut (and socket driver) reduces my options for the handles shape.

        Originally posted by 5B7F767675754F5B7F637D7F100 link=1324727787/2#2 date=1324811909
        I have had 2 wooden handles gifted to me
        See my thread
        http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1268222554/60#60

        KK
        Thanks KK. One handle looks longer than the other two. Or is that just an optical illusion? Any thought on length and shape - Pros or cons?  I was thinking of going slightly longer and a different curvier shape to the originals Im replacing. Your two are reminiscent of the handles many woodturners produce for their turning tools, complete with ferrules. Their use pretty much dictates the diameter at "head" end. I particularly like the handle on the naked.


        Anyway Ive successfully cut the bum out of two portafilters already, so when the handles are done I guess pics will be the order of the day. Did I mention this is a naked pf project for a gift (plus me ocourse)?

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          Re: Advice/Experiences making wooden portfilter handle esp. for Silvia ?

          Off-topic replies have been deleted as I deemed them to not be about making wooden group handles...

          Cheers
          Di

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            Re: Advice/Experiences making wooden portfilter handle esp. for Silvia ?

            Originally posted by 51545757595047350 link=1324727787/3#3 date=1325503816
            Think I might go with this solution too. Drilling right through is not problematic but a hole large enough for the fastening nut (and socket driver) reduces my options for the handles shape
            Yup - the Gaggia handle can only be described as "Chunky" Since I posted above, I also recall I hacked one together for the Hazbeans - out of a piece of Jarrah. That was a rectangular profile (not round) to close-match what was there before.

            The wooden Silvia handle was epoxied up using Bote-Cote and I added random wood-dust/shavings as a filler.. The exterior was also Bote-Coted and 5 years later (it was actually 5, not 4!) it still looks brand new. Very waterproof finish and also gives some surface hardness to the timber to resist dings.

            /Kevin

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