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Old 03-08-2013, 09:42 PM
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I think if you were to just slot the wood and slide the wood in (you know, to eliminate the seam) it could probably be reinforced with a pin of some sort to keep the key from wanting to pull out of the head since the 'type 1' design would be resistant to this due to the fitted slot.

Also, I might have to try this this weekend, I think we might have a chunk of cocobolo or ebony floating around somewhere that would work pretty well, and I have about 4 or 6 extra keys to mess around with lol

Edit-I'm sorry, pin through that hole in the metal part of the key head

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Old 03-08-2013, 10:05 PM
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Great, another key handle maker.

I had thought about drilling a couple of small holes in the key to put in wooden pins. Instead I elected to grind a few grooves in the surface of them to add strength to the bond. Normally I would used epoxy with about a 50% mix of sawdust. I have a gallon of it but it was at my other home so I improvised. My key slot is undersized in width and it fits very tight.

The brass and nickel plating is very hard much stronger than what I have seen in domestic keys.

I don't know much about the exotic woods but the walnut couldn't be flexed with the empty slot. I kept thinning it and was testing it for flex. The first key was made bigger than necessary but it makes for easy handling.
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Just received my key, and I love it! Great work and solid communication along the way.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:59 AM
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i contacted the OP and had him make a set for me as well, great guy! i got these earlier this week just been super busy to post pictures

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Way cool!
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:30 AM
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Does anyone know of anyone else that can make these wooden key heads? I'm interested in a set for my car and looks like the OP hasn't been on in a couple months.
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Having recently gone through the replacement of my ignition tumbler twice in the last 3 years (genuine MBZ parts), I have been advised by Mercedes to use only the single key in the tumbler. Extra weight on the key evidently causes problems. While the wood key head is very attractive, I wonder if the extra weight could cause future problems?
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:09 AM
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Having recently gone through the replacement of my ignition tumbler twice in the last 3 years (genuine MBZ parts), I have been advised by Mercedes to use only the single key in the tumbler. Extra weight on the key evidently causes problems. While the wood key head is very attractive, I wonder if the extra weight could cause future problems?
I can't imagine the wood being much more weight than the plastic. I think it is more a case of leverage when other keys are on a ring with the ignition key. Even if the one key had twice the original weight in it's head, I doubt the ignition tumbler would know. However, I agree that several keys on the ring will put more leverage on the key in the ignition switch, and may cause early falier.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:49 PM
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Sweet. Makes me want to set up my CNc again. I'm still living oUtta boxes.
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Some of you may remember the forum member that was making and selling billet aluminum key heads for Mercedes keys. He ran into production problems, but it was a high quality, much needed product. I was lucky to get 2 of the key heads.
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:43 AM
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Some of you may remember the forum member that was making and selling billet aluminum key heads for Mercedes keys. He ran into production problems, but it was a high quality, much needed product. I was lucky to get 2 of the key heads.
I will go to my machine shop and get a quote...
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Some of you may remember the forum member that was making and selling billet aluminum key heads for Mercedes keys. He ran into production problems, but it was a high quality, much needed product. I was lucky to get 2 of the key heads.
Any pics? I'm curious to see how that looks.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:24 PM
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Any pics? I'm curious to see how that looks.
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/vintage-mercedes/346838-mercedes-billet-key-heads-sale.html
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Nice!

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