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This Instructable is based on the Instructable 'Homemade tobacco pipe'. You are going to learn to seal and polish your pipe.
You will need: - Carnaubawax - Wood stain (water based) - 1 sponge - 1 brush - some water - oneway gloves - 2 soft cloth
The color of the wood stain influence the aspect of the final product. For this pipe I have chose cherrytree. How it works... ... dissolve the wood ...
Usually I use carnaubawax to polish the pipes. Spread the wax thinly and evenly over the wood using a soft cloth. You have to do it in direction of th...
You are done. Nice job. Relax and enjoy your pipe.
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Cedar is a nice shelf piece but not good if the wood burns at all due to mildly toxic fumes during combustion.
I know this is an old post but I just made a pipe out of Pecan and it looks very nice but seems to burn a little hot and wet. It does however add a lovely natural flavor to the tobaccos I have smoked from it in the same way my cob seem to add a hint of nuttyness.
Any quality wood glue is fine as long as none is open to the ash in the bowl. If you must glue in the bowl area, use a gap filling super glue (used in model airplane construction and available at hobby stores), and clamps to make the joint as narrow as possible. Best suggestion is to keep the area of the bowl a single piece of wood.
Thanks for the quick response. The reason I ask is because I have access to a lasercutter, and so I was thinking of making the profile in multiple layers of wood, and then laminating them in a stack. Not sure if you saw my previous image (http://scoobiedoobie.com/images/laminate_wood_mult... but it would be similar to this. I'm not interested in making a pot pipe, BTW. It's just that those seem to be the only style that laminated pipes are fashioned in. Maybe it's because tobacco pipes have sustained heat..? Anyway... so, wood glue then. I'll have to give it a try.
The trick is to layer the glue evenly, and clamp it TIGHT, so the excess is extruded, and the joint is as thin as possible. Once the glue sets, (at least 48 hours!), then remove the clamps and sand to shape. I saw a very singular pipe once where the maker cut each piece to fit together like a puzzle block, with notches and angles that interlocked to create this wonderfully weird but one of kind pipe made of three different woods for color and grain. The effect was unique to say the least and while of a simple design was eye catching. once glued together, it was simple, elegant, and one I wanted! Laminating is a great idea, but glue needs to be strong and heat resisting as much as possible. I'd suggest gluing up a few slices and once dry, heat one side with a torch and see how the glue bond holds up. And if you ever make a 'puzzle pipe, I'll be a first customer
Check on line for pipe stems and bits, that is what they are called. Use the stem dimensions to determine the size hole to drill, and while fitting the stem, remember to clamp the area of the bowl where the stem fits to prevent splitting the wood until the stem fits just right. To tighten a stem in a pipe to fit right, I often drill a little larger and epoxy in a small piece of small copper tube to act as a bushing and then CAREFULLY drill the inside of the copper pipe to fit the stem. This reinforces the area, and gives a neat copper ring to set off the finish of the pipe as well. I've even drilled a hole in a nickle and then beat it down over a smooth metal rod (through the hole) to make a nickle tube for a nice silver ring. (Yes, you can use this same idea to make a silver looking ring for your finger too.)
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