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  • I Got Wood! ECM Technika IV Profi

    Whilst there are other threads on this machine, I thought this deserved it's own. I have been designing this in my head for a while, and I am pretty happy how it turned out. This forum was definitely my inspiration.

    Photos dont do it justice, or maybe my photographic skills. Getting the wood turned was the easy part. Don't ask me how much $$, I don't want to work it out yet - but what ever it ended up costing me, I think it was worth it. Wood is New Guinea Rosewood. I am still to put a few more coats of Danish Oil yet. All stainless steel knobs.

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    My only frustration now, is I could only remove one of the handles on my 3 portafilters. I might leave one which I use for cleaning with the blind filter. But the bolt in the handle on the naked is just turning inside the handle now - I will have to cut away the plastic and grind some flats on the bolt so I can get a spanner on it - bugger!

    Let me know what you think, I know you will! I am already designing another set with different wood.

  • #2
    Very tasteful. Love it

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    • #3
      Looks really nice! A step up from the standard handles which are pretty good to start with.

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      • #4
        Well done. If I had a nice enough machine like that to pimp with wood I'd go with a darker look, though.
        Something like this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unstop...rew/2643898339

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scotchparty1 View Post
          Well done. If I had a nice enough machine like that to pimp with wood I'd go with a darker look, though.
          Something like this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unstop...rew/2643898339
          Thanks. Yep, I'm searching for something like that. The NG rosewood is a little darker than in the photos. A few more coats of the oil and I should end up with more of a satin look.

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          • #6
            That looks great, well done!!

            Timber pimping is on my to do list.

            Did you do the stainless ends yourself too?

            Cheers

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            • #7
              Originally posted by artman View Post
              That looks great, well done!!

              Timber pimping is on my to do list.

              Did you do the stainless ends yourself too?

              Cheers
              Thanks. Yes and no. They are just kitchen cabinet knobs, all be it very high quality. Took me for ever to find something that was going to work. I have a metal lathe at work and I machined down the steam and HW knobs so they were a bit shorter, but still matched. Stainless Steel aint very nice on tooling by the way, many litres of coolant helps. The beauty of these is they come in a range of sizes 20, 25, 30 and 35mm and all look the same. Got them from a place in Melbourne, Style Finish Design. I used 25mm dia. for the brew lever, steam and HW, 30mm dia. for the portafilter.

              On the next set I do, I might try 20mm for steam and HW. That will depend on how small I can get the timber turned.

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              • #8
                I used stainless rivnut M8 threaded inserts which also had to be machined down a little. I also polished the flange which looks good.

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                • #9
                  Beautiful work Caps...

                  Mal.

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                  • #10
                    Snobs knobs :-)

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                    • #11
                      SnobbyNobs...

                      Mal.

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                      • #12
                        Really nice workmanship. Well done

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                        • #13
                          So a few more coats of the Danish oil and they just get better. I've said it before but the photos do no justice. I cut the handle on my naked and got the spanner on that too - no going back now!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Caps View Post
                            So a few more coats of the Danish oil and they just get better. I've said it before but the photos do no justice. I cut the handle on my naked and got the spanner on that too - no going back now!
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                            Very nice Caps, the lite coloured wood just makes your machine pop!

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