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Project by Joel89 posted 03-06-2015 10:07 PM 1261 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project! I ordered a briar pipe kit and set to work designing my pipe. I did the initial shaping with my belt sander laid on its side, then did the rest of the shaping and initial sanding with my dremel. With the basic shape set, I hand-sanded it with 150, 220, 400, 600, and 1000 grit sandpaper. To make the stain really pop, I first stained it with Fiebing’s Dark Brown Leather Dye, then sanded it again with 1000 grit until the stain was removed everywhere except for in the grain. Then I stained again with Fiebing’s Light Tan Leather Dye, diluted about 10-1 with denatured alcohol. Lastly, I used a 4” buffer wheel attached to my drill press to first bring up the shine with white diamond and then another 4” wheel to apply a protective layer of carnauba wax. All in all I’m happy with how my first attempt came out and can’t wait to order another kit! I don’t think I’ll ever buy a pipe from the store again!

-- Joel





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 03-06-2015 10:19 PM

wow, that is beautiful!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 02:44 AM

I echo what Peter said. Beautiful work!

-- Regards, Norm

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Knappen

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 07:10 AM

Love your pibe.

I have a kit lying around somewhere.
Maybe I should find it a try for my self.

Very nice job.

-- Knappen aka Ole - I have to try everything at least once.

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punk

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 12:01 PM

fine job nice looking

-- Punk in PA

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 02:55 PM

This is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 03-07-2015 03:23 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys. Knappen, you should definitely break out your kit! Love having a pipe with a story behind it!

-- Joel

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TheWoodenOyster

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 03:39 PM

Looks good. A pipe was the first project I ever did. It is what started me down the path of woodworking. They are great little projects. Congrats!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 03:50 PM

Joel, very impressive for your first pipe! A very nice shape that looks comfy in the hand.
Thanks for sharing your finish technique…will have to try the leather dyes!

+1 to never using a store bought pipe again! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 03-09-2015 09:22 PM

Beautiful work …love both the shape and the finish.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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