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 Post subject: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:23 am 
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Here are some pics of my work to date. A few issues: 1) I need to get my bandsaw tensioned properly. It hasn't been used in 6 years...and even then only sparingly. 2) I need to set up a shaping wheel or get more belts for my mini-belt sander. All I had was 50 grit to start with. Any input/criticism/advice is greatly appreciated. Doh! How do I make my images small enough to post? Should I use a hosting service?

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:44 am 
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The best way to post your pictures here is to use something like photobucket and copy/paste in the link here in the image tags. There are a number of free websites where you can resize pictures as well. Just google it and you'll find what you're looking for.

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:47 am 
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Great. I've got photobucket. Thx.

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:50 am 
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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:58 am 
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Keep working on it. Focus on trying to make everything symmetrical and keeping the shank lines straight. Use a straight edge to check the shank for dips and bulges. It helps to hold the pipe up to a light so you can see the silhouette as you shape. Don't rush the shaping, but don't be afraid to take off material aggressively. If you only have 50 grit for your belt or disc sander, that's fine. Get a thin chainsaw file (something around 3mm) to define the bowl/shank junction and when you're finished shaping, move up through the grits by hand.

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:10 pm 
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Thanks so much.

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:33 pm 
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Does anyone use a dremmel to shape with? Advice?

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
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I do use a Foredom (same principle as a Dremel) for some of my shaping work. Completely acceptable, but does take some practice.

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
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:wink: Except for the work still needed on the pipe, I think the bandsaw also need some serious work if you look at those burns!

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 Post subject: Re: First pipe progress
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:34 am 
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I use a Dremel sometimes as well, but I was a ninja wizard with the Dremel long before I ever used it to hack at briar. It's kind of like using a fine paint brush; it's great for little details, but very hard to make broad lines that are overall uniform and even without lumps or waviness.

For shaping on the cheap, I would recommend getting a 5" urethane foam wheel (like the kind Kurt sells) and using it in a hand drill that you clamp to the table. I did this for a while before I got a lathe. Now I use a 7" fiber backed sanding disc for rough shaping before moving to the 5" foam ones for higher grits. Get a hexagonal coupler nut from the hardware store that fits the threads of your sanding disc, and use it to chuck the disc in your drill.

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