My First Pipe (Briarwood)

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Project by JohnsonM325 posted 02-03-2015 09:46 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first pipe. I ordered a pre-drilled pipe kit from Mark Tinsky and started out with nothing but files to start my project. I learned quickly that long hours and carpel tunnel were in my future, so I opted to borrow a Dremel 200 from a friend. You’ll notice the jump from the first to the second photo in the amount of wood that was shaved off.

Once I had the shape I wanted, I filed down the high spots and sanded my way to 800 grit. Then I applied a thick coat of mahogany dye, sanded all the way down to 12,000 grit, and applied a light coat of mahogany dye.

My final step was to apply carnauba wax using the buffing wheel on the Dremel tool.

I have a few nicks and scratches here and there, but I think it looks good overall. Let me know what you think!

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 10:42 PM

Smoking hot!
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 02:16 AM

That is a beautiful piece of work! Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 05:08 AM

Pipe makers have a great skill that I do not, patience. Wonderful pipe

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 07:14 AM

Looks great. I got a pipe for Christmas and have been wanting to make my own. So you didn’t use a lathe, just a dremel?


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#5 posted 02-04-2015 04:56 PM

It’s the sort of piece that makes me wish I smoked so I could justify buying one. Great work.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 02-19-2015 11:44 PM

Hey JeremyT21!

Correct, I did not use a lathe, just a dremel. You won’t get the perfect symmetry by just using a dremel, but I think mine was pretty near symmetrical to the naked eye.

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