LumberJocks

Tobacco pipe tamper

  • Advertise with us
Project by MadJester posted 10-04-2014 11:34 PM 1532 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this idea somewhere online…might have been here on LJ, might have been youtube…not sure…I like to give credit, but I just can’t remember….if you do a google search, you’ll find tons of these out there…not a new idea…

I used a bolt, a washer and some scrap Walnut Burl that I had in the shop…I like to use that stuff down to the last drop.

The bolt head was too large, so next time I’ll use a slightly smaller one…I had to spend way too much time grinding it down, but for the first one I ever made, it’s all good…the time to make it will get shorter each time…(I’m ashamed to say how insanely long it took me to make, and how many trips to the hardware store next door it actually took….at least they are used to seeing me four or five…or ten…times a day…)

I also have some steel bolts that I hope will be easier to work with and some brass ones as well…I like the look of brass better anyway….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle





15 comments so far

View MadJester's profile

MadJester

1947 posts in 1896 days


#1 posted 10-04-2014 11:36 PM

Sorry the pic is so blurry…I’m usually a lot more careful….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

View DIYaholic's profile

DIYaholic

19180 posts in 2141 days


#2 posted 10-05-2014 01:59 AM

What a great way to “turn” those precious little scraps, err stock, into a useful item.
Although blurry, it looks awesome!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

View MadJester's profile

MadJester

1947 posts in 1896 days


#3 posted 10-05-2014 02:29 AM

Thanks Randy! I think I forgot to wear my glasses….ugh…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

View MadJester's profile

MadJester

1947 posts in 1896 days


#4 posted 10-05-2014 03:02 AM

Ok…much better…I was able to sharpen up the first image and my minimal (yes…seriously…minimal…) OCD had me going back down to the shop to retake the pics and I added a few…it really was a pretty piece of wood…I think I got it off of eBay a few years back….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

View CFrye's profile (online now)

CFrye

8751 posts in 1305 days


#5 posted 10-05-2014 05:13 AM

Beautiful piece of burl, Sue. In Jim’s pipe smoking days, he’d of been proud to have this! Thanks for sharing. Brass or copper would look great. What kind of finish is on it?

-- God bless, Candy

View mudflap4869's profile

mudflap4869

1157 posts in 925 days


#6 posted 10-05-2014 05:24 AM

Just seeing it I could taste the flavor of my favorite tobacco. It has been 20 years since I smoked a pipe but I would have loved to had your tamper in my possession. My pipes are all gone now to remove the temptation but I remember the flavor so well.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

View MadJester's profile

MadJester

1947 posts in 1896 days


#7 posted 10-05-2014 11:59 AM

It’s always a sad thing when someone cannot enjoy a pipe..even though it’s better for your health…my grandfather smoked one for years and I can still smell the cherry blend tobacco he used…he’s been gone for years now, but whenever I think of him, I think of that pipe smell…he lived to be 104…I was always upset that in his last years they did things like tell him to stop smoking and checked his cholesterol…In my mind, if someone lives past the 100 year mark, they should be left to do what they want…he lived that long with his vices so why make an old man sad….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

View boxcarmarty's profile

boxcarmarty

13522 posts in 1826 days


#8 posted 10-05-2014 01:12 PM

Nice job Susan, brass would look great with that burl and probably a lot easier to work with…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

View MadJester's profile

MadJester

1947 posts in 1896 days


#9 posted 10-05-2014 07:20 PM

Thanks Candy and Marty…yes, brass will probably be a ton easier to work with…I used a danish oil on it, but I think that I may just go with mineral oil in the future…the wood won’t actually be touching the tobacco, but I guess I should make it out of something that is food safe just to be sure….

Looking at it, I of course, see a couple of mistakes, but the biggest thing is that I think I made it too large overall for the tamping head…Most of the ones I’ve since seen are considerably smaller…I have a pipe in the store right now, and it has a 3/4” opening for the bowl…and this one fits that with a little room to spare, but I think I may be going quite smaller with the next ones…I’ll have to see…

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

22033 posts in 1804 days


#10 posted 10-06-2014 01:06 AM

Good use of the scrap. Nice looking piece.

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

View firefighterontheside's profile

firefighterontheside

13506 posts in 1322 days


#11 posted 10-06-2014 03:24 AM

Looks neat Sue and good use of otherwise scrap material.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View MadJester's profile

MadJester

1947 posts in 1896 days


#12 posted 10-07-2014 12:00 AM

Thanks Monte and Bill!! :)

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

View mafe's profile

mafe

11157 posts in 2555 days


#13 posted 01-15-2015 11:22 PM

Wauuu I missed this one, love it.
Got to make me one. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View MadJester's profile

MadJester

1947 posts in 1896 days


#14 posted 01-16-2015 06:02 AM

Thanks Mads! Pretty easy to make…do a little searching on the internet…lots of good ideas out there for them!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

View mafe's profile

mafe

11157 posts in 2555 days


#15 posted 01-16-2015 12:13 PM

;-) Thanks.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com