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juanmedusa

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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:52 pm

ajn27511 wrote:
Following this post has been a great treat for me. I can hardly wait to see the final product. bounce bounce cheers

AJ

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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:06 pm

I always enjoy seeing these step-by-step pictures of work in progress. Thanks for taking the trouble to post them.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:22 pm

Wet Dottle wrote:
I always enjoy seeing these step-by-step pictures of work in progress. Thanks for taking the trouble to post them.
I do too! Glad everyone is enjoying it all so much!

One thing that I learned once I tried making some pipes is that patience is a virtue, which really doesn't get expressed through photos. There's a lot of repetitive steps, particularly sanding. The lathe makes life a lot better, but hand sanding is still very very crucial.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:52 pm

You certainly have the process well in hand Josh. I'm enjoying watching this unfold. Fascinating.

You seem to have the patience of a saint!

Cool


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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:23 am

Switching back the stummel, I want to further refine the shape. "Keep sanding" is the mantra of our resident pipemaker in our local B&M. Wink

After some "refinement" on the sanding at 60, we have this:





I won't show all the in between grits cause it's all much subtler smoothing. Main goal is first the shaping then the removal of deep scratches. Ok, maybe one more...



Still needs work, hmm. "Keep sanding"!" When I'm happy with the shape, I normally work to 400 grit and do the contrast staying, but as I said, this going to be a natural finish. Instead, I wet sanded progressively from 400 to 1000. Here it is wetted.







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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:41 am

Looking good! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:46 am

What a piece of wood! I know you said it was a Mimmo order and if it's the same Mimmo everyone's talking about then you got that wood from a great source. But I'm curious, was this like an extra fancy piece or something like that? It's really great piece of wood and nice to see you doing wonderful work with it. Congratulations.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:59 am

Is that your first? It's looking REALLY good if it is. I may have missed it since I've sort of skimmed looking at the pics mostly, but are you planning to stain it?
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:49 am

Very nice it has beautiful grain, you do very good work cheers
Best Regards
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:20 pm

juanmedusa wrote:
What a piece of wood!  I know you said it was a Mimmo order and if it's the same Mimmo everyone's talking about then you got that wood from a great source. But I'm curious, was this like an extra fancy piece or something like that? It's really great piece of wood and nice to see you doing wonderful work with it. Congratulations.
No, this was my first Mimmo order of the bundles offered from his website. He does allow purchase of specified types for blasting/smooth and grade, but that's for next time.

Thomas Tkach wrote:
Is that your first? It's looking REALLY good if it is. I may have missed it since I've sort of skimmed looking at the pics mostly, but are you planning to stain it?
Thanks! No, not the first. I don't want to give the impression that you can just get it right with the first block. I've done a few before this, but never with as much confidence. This just happens to be an awesome piece and I wanted to share the process with you all.

I don't plan on staining it. It'll be a natural finish. I'm banking on the coloration from the buffing. If you've seen a Dunny Root Briar, that is basically what they do once they're done sanding. Of course as you smoke, it can darken considerably.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:57 pm

Is it done yet, is it done ? Huh, huh? Don't tease, we need to see what is obviously going to be a STUNNING piece of work Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Pics! Pics !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:08 pm

Perhaps a live webcam feed in the workshop? alien
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:25 pm

I know you guys have probably wondered what happened. I was out this past weekend, then I hit a little snag in the shank. Rest assured, I'll get back on track tonight (I hope) and provide some further updates.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:40 pm

This time, the stem work. It starts round, but I want a saddle. I chuck it up in the vise and line up about what the taper angle might be (lots of room for correction, so this isn't the final angle). First I start approximately behind where the button will end and work back towards the tenon. Gotta remove a lot of material so files and rasps are the way to go. That's a Japanese rasp, BTW, which cuts on the push stroke.





Having started that, I hit it on the belt sander for a bit to bring it down to size. Remember that blue tape line? That's marking my slot. I shave down a bit of the middle portion of the saddle and take down the shank side.





Man that's ugly. I know it seems like I hardly did anything, but this is at least getting me going in the pseudo-oval shape. Next I really want to better define the limits of the button height and depth, so I start roughing that out.

 

Further filing refinements using a file with a dead edge pillar file. You like my little handle? Now you can see the button is beginning to take better definition.

   

Better. Now, let's further taper the saddle portion with more of the same technique--overhand rocking motion with the file and one-way motion.

   

Hmmm. But the button is still way too thick. Hacking away at it some more...





Ok, now to really clean up the shape.



 
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:59 pm

Josh, you seem to have this well in hand (no pun intended).

Your moves are indicative of a pipemake well beyond your experience. Looks like you'll do very well in this craft.

Keep on keeping on mate!

cheers



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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:21 pm

You certainly are doing a first rate job on this pipe!

You are obviously fairly skilled at woodworking already. You have many specialized tools and the vocabulary to go along with them. Perhaps you will find time to show us some of your past projects.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:56 pm

I agree with the two above comments. I would welcome a little synopsis of how you came by these skills, equipment and got to this point. Were you in a related craft?
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:15 pm

Ha! I picked this up after not too much time on the net and watching videos. I consider myself a n00b, despite what you may think. I don't want anyone to get the impression I'm an expert, nor should you think this is something easily entered into.

I bought a lot of these tools one by one over the last couple years. I previously built only a couple things unrelated to pipemaking.

Also, I'm a very procedure-oriented person so a lot of these steps are just what seem to make sense to me to do next, confirmed by some of the tutorials.

I'm very humbled by all your kind comments but I'm still growing into this, temper your excitement Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:16 pm

Oh, and no, to previous carpentry or woodworking training. The net's a great place to learn.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:21 pm

Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone on this side of the pond had a great 4th!

Now it's time I tell you why it's taken so long to finish this thing. Following the last post about the stummel shaping, I was working the shank down to match the stem and a chunk broke off of the shank accent. Crying or Very sad I removed it with a heat gun and tried to salvage the project by making another accent.

This time, though, I cracked the end of the shank when I dry fit the stem! affraid  Evil or Very Mad  Embarassed  5)

Ugh. It was not my week (last week). I set the pipe down and went to bed. This was too much. I'd have to tackle it another day....

Rather than hang up my apron and selling all my equipment, I decided to take another stab at it. I asked Jesse for some advice and he confirmed the 2 options I had: Band it with something, or, shorten the shank and make an extension. I went for the extension.

It'd have to have steel tube of course, but how to really solidify it and also be able to put more of some sort of wood on the end for a new stem mortise? I thought about it and decided I'd use briar. No worries about which wood to use that was/wasn't safe since it would still touch smoke between the end of the steel tube and the start of the stem tenon.

To prep, I drilled into the original mortise farther into the shank for the steel tube. Next I turned a spacer disc out of cumberland that would have a tenon into the original shank end and register the steel tube into the original shank mortise as well as give a full surface to epoxy the extension piece.





I was able to use a piece of briar cutoff from the same block as the stummel. After sizing it down, I rounded it out on the lathe.





Now a test fit:







Great so far. Now to epoxy it all together and let dry. Here it is after an overnight curing:



Man, it's ugly again. What a Face Now, back to actually shaping the shank to match up the stem. I didn't take any pictures of this process unfortunately. It's a lot of just manually sanding/filing to fit. Rolling Eyes





I'll take a break from sanding here to refine the stem. Further filing yields this:







Time to wet sand! I took after pics since it's hard to hold a phone and wet sand the pipe. I may do some more later, but it's pretty close to being done.





Next time, the whole pipe should be completely finished! cheers What do you think?
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:24 pm

What do I think?

I think you've found a great and practical work-around to a problem that would have caused a lesser man to abandon the project! 

Additionally it looks as though it'll be equally as cosmetically pleasing if not more so than before. Can't wait to see the final product.

That's what I think!

sunny 


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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:28 pm

Damn man ! You're killing me !! FINISH IT !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:02 pm

Oh boy, quite a turn of events. Soldier on, Brother! Looks like it's going to turn out Ok to me. Stylish even.
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:46 am

monbla256 wrote:
Damn man ! You're killing me !! FINISH IT !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
You get your wish! Last night I did the rest of the wet sanding and polishing work. I'm happy with the results overall despite the tenuous situation in the middle.

Look for further views in the gallery soon! I am selling this one, but could consider doing more farther down the line.









 
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PostSubject: Re: Smooth Canadian   Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:16 am

Awesome looking pipe! I really enjoyed seeing the process you went through to make it!
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