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Project by MadMark posted 05-13-2016 06:52 PM 1299 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 -

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 07:18 PM

Very cool! congrats on the big order! I might be interested in one of those pipes. mind PM img me a price shipped to “20872”?

-- My "projects" always look better with beer goggles.

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 07:49 PM


It’s nice when a Plan comes together…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 05-14-2016 12:28 PM

Cool.sounds like good enough reason to buy more clamps….

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#4 posted 05-15-2016 09:41 AM

Mark, I wish you would picture the pipe making process sometime. It sounds like quite an operation. Hope your sales go well. Here is a $5 band clamp idea you might consider. It is fast, easy, and cheap which is what you need on production runs.

-- Big Al in IN

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