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Bobostro61

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PostSubject: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:07 pm

Decided to try my hand at a lathe made pipe today. Got my first attempt off to a good start. I used a "not so good" pre-bored briar kit I have to test it out. I made it on my Rockler Excelsior mini lathe. I thought there would be a lot of vibration turning it, but there wasn't the slightest bit. Here's what I have so far.

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:24 pm

Looks good. What a few of us wouldn't give for an afternoon with a lathe and some briar.

Cool
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millerman

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:02 am

really cool. i just got me a used lathe a few days ago. gonna try turning one soon hopefully.
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:21 am

Looks like you are off to a great start, must be quite nerve wrecking doing it for the first time, right there with Kyle, to have a go with a lathe would be awesome, more than a little envious but very pleased for you, do finish the pipe though, would love to see it completed. Smile
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Bobostro61

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:37 am

Kirk Fitzgerald wrote:
Looks like you are off to a great start, must be quite nerve wrecking doing it for the first time, right there with Kyle, to have a go with a lathe would be awesome, more than a little envious but very pleased for you, do finish the pipe though, would love to see it completed. Smile

Nerve wrecking to say the least. Lots of firsts on this one.

- Never used a lathe before. Got my first one around Christmas time
- Never turned a pipe on a lathe yet. I've been spending the winter months turning pens. Too cold on most days to spend hours at a time in the garage making pipes. Pens take 15 minutes to turn and gave me a lot of practice using the lathe.
- Never used a spindle gouge before until this stummel. I've been using carbide tipped turning tools on the pens.

I was so happy about how this turned out on the lathe that I had to celebrate with a nice bowl-full of Peterson Sweet Killarney out of this pipe I made!



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Rob_In_MO

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:47 am

Congrats on the lathe and first turned-pipe, Brother!

Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Great looking Freehand, BTW!
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BigCasino

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:52 am

lookin good, what kind of chuck did you use ?
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Bobostro61

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:46 am

BigCasino wrote:
lookin good, what kind of chuck did you use ?

I have a One Way Talon. Used the jaws that came with it. #2 jaws I believe? I have a set of the tower jaws, but they didn't close around the block so I switched back to the #2 and it worked just fine. Being that its a pre-bored kit, the only trouble was lining it up. I used a 60 degree live center on the tailstock and squared it up the best I could by eye. This too worked out just fine.
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:09 pm

Bobostro61 wrote:
Nerve wrecking to say the least. Lots of firsts on this one.

- Never used a lathe before. Got my first one around Christmas time
- Never turned a pipe on a lathe yet. I've been spending the winter months turning pens. Too cold on most days to spend hours at a time in the garage making pipes. Pens take 15 minutes to turn and gave me a lot of practice using the lathe.
- Never used a spindle gouge before until this stummel. I've been using carbide tipped turning tools on the pens.

I was so happy about how this turned out on the lathe that I had to celebrate with a nice bowl-full of Peterson Sweet Killarney out of this pipe I made!


Well, you have gone ahead with it despite all the uncertainty, that much alone makes you a winner chap, the fact that you're getting it done so well so far is pure gravy. Smile

That Freehand is absolutely fantastic, oooooh I would love to have a go at a Freehand straight pipe, I have such a hankering for a seriously fat walled bloomed plateaux, I can see it in me minds eye now as it goes, cor, it's gorgeous, aaaah, one day eh.

You keep plugging away at this project, I have total faith in you chap, make us proud. Wink
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Bobostro61

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:32 am

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Bobostro61

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:52 pm

Just about ready for stain now...

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BigCasino

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:16 pm

Looks good!
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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:13 pm

Excellent!
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Bobostro61

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:33 pm

Finished product. Except for a little more polishing on the stem...

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:40 pm

Looks great all shined-up. Well done. Very Happy
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Richard Hester
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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:19 am

Very nice love it.
Best Regards
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PostSubject: Re: Start of first lathe-turned pipe   Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:23 am

Gorgeous pipe! Smile
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