Replacement handle for coffee machine

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Project by Serradura posted 03-06-2014 07:08 AM 971 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, Portugal is a land which is hold together with coffee and port. The machines though are often equipped with a lot of plastic parts, even the handles on the coffee-holder, which gets hot and needs some force to put on and of the machine. No wonder that these handles break after sometime. A client asked me to make a wooden one. I said yes without realizing the difficulties of connecting the square to aluminium holder to a round handle.

The solution eventually was a lathe-jig for the table saw (as seen on a project video at Izzy Swan)
The handle is made out of Meranti and Pine. The experiment was a success and now I’m asked to make handles for a frying-pan, a can opener and some others…. all replacements for plastic.

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 07:14 AM

Nicely done. I’ll have to try a jig like that some time.

-- Dave K.

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 07:38 AM

That’s really cool. I can see many of these jigs being built.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 12:08 PM

that’s crazy

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 01:45 PM

Great solution to the plastic problem, use the natural beauty and strength of wood. I find the most pleasurable aspect of woodworking is the opportunity to solve methods of work problems, and you’ve done a great job with that here. I see many handles in your future …......

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 05:16 PM

That jig excites and scares me at the same time.

-- Time to get started

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 05:50 PM

Well done. Taking Izzy’s jig and making it work for you. The customer will definitely be pleased w/function, craftsmanship, and the great handle.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 10:00 PM

@BOb; It’s not as scary as it looks. I’ve put the blade a bit of-center and just made 2mm cuts at a time.
Using a hand-turned method lets you feel the tension and after a few times you find a natural passe turning and pushing the jig forward to the blade. I’m not sure what will happen when making something bigger…

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#8 posted 03-13-2014 12:13 PM

Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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