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Step 3: File Away!

Use the rasp side of the file to shred the PVC surface. Pull the file in many directions to give it an organic look. If the file's teeth get clogged, use a wire brush to quickly clear them.

CAUTION: This step will make sharp ridges on the surface of the PVC. Try not to slide your knuckles along the pipe until you have smoothed it out.

Once you're happy with the texture, use the double cut (smoother side) of the file to remove the shavings and sharp ridges on the PVC. Give the plastic a few extra rubs with the sandpaper.

<p>Well done, may try the technique on a rain barrel (for irrigation)... not to be confused with a rain stick :) Faux-wood barrel with some PVC &quot;branches&quot; holding ivy should make it functional and aesthetically acceptable.</p>
<p>Great Idea!! My father has a beautiful backyard with a slightly unsightly rain barrel. I'd love to see this when you're done!! </p><p>ps... if you scroll dwon a bit, a girl named Karen made a rain stick...not to be confused with a rain barrel. : ) </p>
<p>Big on re-purposive so another idea is use a mechanically busted hot water heater and while interior tank is usually glass, exterior metal would need protective coating. For that thinking painting with wire brush recycled plastic milk cartons. 40 +/- gal. tank and MANY milk cartons (#2 HDPE heated to 350 F) would be the base to then apply your finishing technique.</p><p>BTW did note and appreciate Karen's rain stick idea.</p>
This is such a good idea! I've been wanting to make our tall metal floor lamps look like wood- do you think this would work on metal? :)
<p>I used wood stain and a graining tool to turn metal doors into faux wood doors so I would think the same could be done to a metal lamp.</p>
<p>How about a PVC sleeve over the metal tubing...?</p>
<p>PVC should be pretty robust at a few feet long. I'm actually making a small desk lamp right now to hold a stained glass lamp shade I'm working on (using PVC as the neck in a wood base). I think the sleeve idea is a good bet for taller floor lamps!! Let me know if you find a good way to attatch the socket assembly to the PVC. </p>
<p>If your lamps where made from thin aluminum and you used very heavy equipment, you could probably texture the metal, but painting it to finish the wood texture is another thing. Could you swap out the metal with PVC tubing of similar size? (That might take some work.) It juts might be tricky to do this with metal. Maybe... an angle grinder for making the texture, use a metal primer and then paint in a few colors. But all that is just a guess off my head! Let me know about the metal you want to do this to. Maybe I'll have more ideas. </p>
<p>this is awesome I am amaze to see the result I can wait to try it thanks</p>
<p>Thank you. Let me know how it turns out!!</p>
<p>EXCELLENT!!!</p>
<p>I'm ready to try this on our ultra boring, old, cheap, stock, 6-panel, 80s, 'composite' bedroom doors. But are they plastic? Will this work??</p>
<p>I made a beautiful rain stick with these easy to understand instructions. THanks for sharing</p>
<p>That looks awesome!!! How's it sound? Could you post a vid with audio maybe?? Pleeeeease???</p>
<p>Thanks, It sounds Great!!! I will try to make a short video. How do I post it ?</p>
<p>Hmm... yeah, I didnt think that through. I dont think you can, just photos. Well, if you ever throw it to youtube or facebook, send me a link. Otherwise, Thanks for reading! I'm glad it worked for you!! Great job again.</p>
<p>Everyone that sees this rain stick can't believe it was made from a PVC pipe. It looks just like wood. It was so much fun to make and thanks again for the wonderful instructions. If I make a video, I'll make sure you see it somehow :)</p>
<p>You're welcome! Hey, how about a mini-ible!? What did you use as the inside spokes, loose material and caps of the rain stick? Just curious. </p>
<p>A Mini-ible .... I love it !!! </p><p>I drilled completely through a 3-foot long PVC pipe (more than a hundred times) and pushed bamboo kabob skewers through the holes. Most were a bit loose so I glued them with wood glue. A bit messy but it worked. Clipped the excess length and re-glued if necessary. Then I lightly sanded the entire pipe with an electric sander until smooth. As you instructed, marred the surface with a wood file then sanded lightly and painted it with Burnt Umber oil paint. After it dried 24 hours later, I filled the pipe with 1 1/2 cups of rice, peas and beans until I liked the sound. I also added about 50 2-inch long bamboo kabob skewers to the mix to help slow down the progression of the rice, peas and beans. Capped both ends with corks that I found at the local craft store. </p><p>I hope this helps. It was a very easy project and I might even make a few more :) </p>
<p>Karen - good idea :-). One question : did you position the skewers so that they were attached on both sides of the pipe. Or just one hole that you pushed the sewer through. Seems like one hole would offer better sound, but 2 holes would be more secure. I can experiment, but I am just curious what technique you employed. Thanks!</p>
<p>Hi FastF4, I drilled completely through the pipe and pushed the skewer through both sides of the pipe. It does make it more secure that way. If you make one, please post it up. I would love to see it :) :) </p>
<p>Thank you for taking the trouble to reply Karen. Useful to know. I might try both approaches just to see. And I thought maybe I would try a BASS rainstick. Have to visit my local HD and see what they have for pipe. Your idea to add 2&quot; pieces of skewers is brilliant.</p>
<p>Your welcome. The 2&quot; pieces help to slow the bean down and it sounds wonderful. Please post a pic if ya make one :)</p>
<p>make that 'skewer' not sewer ;-)</p>
<p>That's Fantastic! You really should write this up and post it! You got all the pics done and everything. (I like your drill press btw, I'm eyeing up a few I want for my maker-space.) Thank you so much for letting me know about this!! </p>
<p>Your welcome. I've been wanting a drill press and found this one for fairly cheep $70</p>
Gracias, genial.
<p>Muito Legal! Adorei isso!</p>
<p>Muito obrigado!</p>
<p>I used the exact paint you used - it's still not dry yet but here's a WIP pic. </p>
<p>Is that a hilt at the end? Like a sword? Love it! You did a great job!! Thanks for sahring!!!</p>
<p>Thanks! </p><p>It's a spear with a joint in the middle for disassembly (and transportation). I plan to wrap the middle with and cover the joint with a suede-like fabric. </p>
<p>(tenth time is the charm)</p><p>I'll upload another pic (if my computer lets me) of the dried piece. <br>Thanks again! </p><p>Thanks </p>
It totally works!<br>I'm thrilled. Thanks so much!<br>(the site has failed to upload my pic - after multiple attempts, I've quit trying)
<p>Great! (I wish your pic loaded, Maybe try a private message.) Did you use oil paint or a different coloring medium? (btw, I'm a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan!)</p>
Would this be good if I make it to a hammer handle for a Harley Quinn costume? I would be holding all day for a convention.
<p>I dont see why not. The PVC would be a bit lighter than wood. Just make sure you give the paint a long time to dry, or your gloves will be stained. How would you make the head of the hammer? And then affix it to the PVC? Let me know. </p>
I'm not a hundred percent sure on what I would make it all out yet. Still trying to do some research to see what would be best. Thanks for the advice though. I'll keep you up to date on what I find.
<p>Here is a good tutorial for her hammer https://youtu.be/qjsJBR7WmXk</p>
<p>Oh, THAT'S what the hammer looks like. Yeah, I would make that one.</p>
<p>Well... as much as I'd love to hear about someone using my PVC-wood idea, you might want to look into maybe resin or silicone casting for a hammer, the ENTIRE hammer. You would get one solid lightweight strong piece. The mold medium would pick up allot of detail. There are quite a few ways to do this: &quot;Composimold&quot; is a reusable casting agent, &quot;Instamorph&quot; is a mold-able reusable plastic, &quot;Easy Cast&quot; is a cheep resin that makes great results. Look into those... and pick up a new maker skill! OR... use one of those to make just the head of the hammer, with PVC as the handle. I've used all of them, I'd be happy to point you in the right direction if you like the sound of it. </p>
<p>Pls help !!!! Which other kind of paint can be used? The water mixable oil colour is very expensive in my country. Many thanks !!!!!!!!</p>
<p>From Chile</p><p>I will try wood stain. Many thanks !!!</p>
<p>Let me know if it works!! Try a few layers of it. Let it soak and dry. </p>
<p>No problem. Some comments here have suggested wood stain, normal acrylic or even shoe polish. I must admit, I have not tried these. It's worth an experiment, though. FYI... if you use acrylic, please cover it with a spray-on protector clear coat. Otherwise it will chip off very easily. </p><p>PS, what country are you from, may I ask? </p>
<p>So I tried to read this article on my iPad with Safari. After loading at least a dozen ads, I finally see the first step, that after scrolling down gets overlaid with a page covering popover with a tiny X in the top right, that doesn't respond to my tapping.</p><p>So I start up my laptop, and open this page in Safari with Ad Block and Ghostery extensions on, and finally the page loads and works, I see all the steps in one page, and no ads.</p><p>So I've made an account just to leave you this positive and constructive feedback: please bring ads and popovers back to a level where the site is functional and attractive, or see people like me use more ad blockers to get to the content. You lose ad money in the process and reach the opposite of what you wanted by filling the page with ads.</p>
<p>use Chrome. I use Chrome on my iPad and never see ads. Just the ones on the far right where they belong. Also we don't have control, the instuctible web master is who you should contact.</p>
<p>Tinkerer, I'm certainly sorry you trouble viewing this and other 'ibbles on your iPad. There is however nothing I can do personally. These Instructables are written by fellow users like yourself. We are not web masters for instructables.com, just writers. Make sure you are using the official app when viewing on a tablet or contact the instructables team here and maybe they will help you far more than I can. </p><p>I am however pleased you like my 'ibble and that you signed up for an account just to view it. I hope you continue exploring this awesome site and find fun things to do and learn! Have fun! Welcome abord!</p>
Very nice, thanks for sharing
Really creative<br>

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