|Project by MadMark||posted 05-13-2016 06:52 PM||1387 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Lucked out and caught an order for 50 pipes & a dozen presentation boxes.
Here you can see the finishing department has taken over the kitchen counter.
There are boxes made out of oak, maple, variegated cherry, plain cherry, jatoba, zebrawood and varigated ebony.
The ebony is so rotten we couldn’t make a pipe out of it.
We have pipes made from cherry, jatoba, zebrawood and even purpleheart.
We start making a pipe br starting with a 1-1/4” sq block, 9” long. We crossbore the stem necks with 5/8” holes and the bowls at 3/4”. On to bandsaw where the block is split into 2 pipes and the stem rough formed into a square. Stem drilling starts at the drillpress and moves to hand drilling with a 12” x 3/16” drill rod. Sometime things get odd and the drill bit will decide to exit the stem early.The neck of the pipes are the hard part. It takes four different sanders to get in there:
- 4×36 belt sander for raw finish & stem shaping
- 1×42 belt sander for bowl shaping
- OSS for stem/neck transition
- 5” ROS for final shaping at 120
- 5” ROS for finish sanding at 240
- Hand rub with a 400 sanding sponge.
THEN it goes to poly coat & final finish
The boxes are 7-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 2” and made from 2” x 1/4” stock. The boxes have lexan slide lids.
The making of the boxes is fast & easy & production is limited by the clamp supply!
-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com