Step 5: Sand Smooth

Once you've shaped the handle it's time to do the fine sanding.  

We loaded 120, 180 and then 220 grit sanding discs onto the random orbital sander and sanded everything smooth.  The final sanding was done by hand with some 400 grit paper. 

We only sanded the handle with such fine paper because it was going to be something which we touched on a daily basis - there's something about the texture of finely sanded wood - it's milky smooth and really quite nice.
<p>Wow. Epoxy on. Okay. I was waiting for the &quot;fashion an end plug page,&quot; but that is certainly more simple. Looks nice! I will be doing this for one of my spare portafilters for my 1976 Gaggia Baby Primavera (US market version).</p>
very nice! I love wood tools!
Very cool! My favorite thing about having a wooden handle on my portafilter is the way the wood feels, it's just much nicer than a hunk of plastic. <br> <br>My guess from the choices you listed for the wood is persimmon, as far as I know it's the only one of the four with dark heartwood.
Wow, this is incredible! <br />Amazing work and a perfect Instructable. <br /> <br />Also, do you think I could use bamboo instead? <br /> <br />GM
Are you envisioning a hollow piece of natural bamboo? Sure - you'd just have to fill the end with something if you didn't want a hole in the end of your handle. You could also laminate sheets of bamboo plywood (plyboo) together to form a block, then carve that down to shape. I bet the exposed cellular like structure of the plyboo would look very cool.

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