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post #171 of 306 Old 02-15-2019, 12:12 PM
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Exactly! If you're not afraid of dying...are you really living!>?
Haha, I don't know that I'd buy anything with blades from harbour freight. There is a speed control I want to get to be able to adjust the speed of the buffer.
I figure the tools I get from there are cheap so, for right now, if they break they're not hard to replace. And they do the job.

Somewhere on the net, I came across an intense and lengthy discussion about the right rpms while buffing. It seems like a lot of DIY pipe carvers and pipe restorers get a grinder and put a buffing wheel on it. I think those tend to run at 11000 rpms. Then there are folks who insist on using different speeds for different types of polishing. I even saw something about using a French wheel at high speed with low grit, then slowing it down as you go up in grit. The finer the grit, the slower the rpm. This is all interesting stuff, but stuff I have yet to fully wrap my head around.



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Talk pipe making all yoy want on here. I dont mind at all. Any knowledge I can gather is good for me!
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The only tool I've used for pipes is the computer. And the only injury I've sustained is to my wallet. Of course, it is possible my wife will kill me is she sees my wallet!
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Me and my partner are back at'er.
Oh, and we of course stopped for a snack.
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Laid out my blocks (and stems) tonight to see what I had and what I had 'going'.
Block 4 on the top row gave me a lightning bolt of inspiration so I drew it on. Can't wait for that one. And it seems like I'll have enough left over for a second pipe from that block!
First one on the bottom row might get turned on the lathe into something other than a pipe. We'll see. Can't wait to get my garage set up once the warmer weather shows.
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Laid out my blocks (and stems) tonight to see what I had and what I had 'going'.
Block 4 on the top row gave me a lightning bolt of inspiration so I drew it on. Can't wait for that one. And it seems like I'll have enough left over for a second pipe from that block!
First one on the bottom row might get turned on the lathe into something other than a pipe. We'll see. Can't wait to get my garage set up once the warmer weather shows.
Matt, so you have the capability to drill out the bowl and the draft hole? That's excellent. Didn't you start with pipe kits? Looks like you have your work cut out for you, but good, fun work
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I always enjoy watching this process...

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Looks as if you have a flame grain dublin in mind for the fourth one on the top row.
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Matt, so you have the capability to drill out the bowl and the draft hole? That's excellent. Didn't you start with pipe kits? Looks like you have your work cut out for you, but good, fun work
Oh yeah. I bought a spoon bit a while back. I got myself a free working drill press and have the lathe now. I drilled a couple tobacco holes free hand but that was for the shallower "noseburner" pipes. (Maybe I should call them finger burners? Lol)
Now I've got the lathe and drill press to use.
Joe @Dran sent me a kit that was pre-drilled. He wanted a churchwarden and knew what he wanted so we just did it that way.

I've done about 2 full sized pipes that I drilled everything out myself. And maybe 4 of the little guys.
I have i think 3 more I've already drilled tobacco holes into as well.

I used the lathe setup to do everything so far on that first block in the pic. The Poker style one.
Followed some "tips" I saw in a video @Jankjr sent me.
I really like using the lathe. I just need to get it set up in the garage so I can use it all the time.

Also, thanks guys for all the kind and helpful comments and links you've shared with me.
This is something I am really enjoying and really want to continue to improve at. (When I get the time).
I love this place. Thanks for letting me share all of this.
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Looks as if you have a flame grain dublin in mind for the fourth one on the top row.
Good eye David!
I love that beauty in your picture. I was going to go woth straighter 'stove pipe' type walls like yours but, I wet the block and saw the grain and it NEEDED the dublin shape. The grain fans out along the block just like it's cut.
I'll try and get a pic of it.
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