Step 8: Drill Mortise

With a 1/2" forstner bit loaded into the drill press, and the depth gauge stopped at the depth of the portafilter shaft, create the mortise by drilling several holes into the handle within the area that was marked in the previous step.

We wanted to be sure that I was drilling as close to perpendicular as possible into the handle.  Since the handle is a bit of an organic shaped object I checked my eye by using a level to square it up to the drill bit.  It's pretty easy to see when you're in the ballpark of square using this method.  
<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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