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Peppie's Black Bowl

Discussion in 'E-Pipe Models' started by Peppie, Nov 19, 2013.

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  1. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    You have to start somewhere, so here we go.
    At this time I do not own a lathe. I got to thinking I dont need no stinking lathe.
    Some time back a couple of years ago my wife went on vacation, ( somewhere forgot where) any way this is what she brought me home. She had one of the locals go out back and chop it off a tree!!

    Oh yea it was Africa


    Any who , this is what I will be shaping into a pipe.

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    Some rough out at the band saw. I cut a square tendon on the bottom, so I have have a good square grip while it is in the vise.

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    Did a little work at the sander


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    Now that I have a rough shape in mind I will stew on the details a bit, until I get my part in hand.
     
  2. duckie_44

    duckie_44 Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    You lucky man you......She could have brought you home a tee-shirt......

    duckie......
     
  3. Birddog

    Birddog Full Member Verified Member

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    Please, please, take detailed pics throughout the build! So many, and so detailed, that even an idiot like me couldn't mess up a build!

    Really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. How do you plan to cure or dry the wood?
     
  4. Cavediver

    Cavediver Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Of course you don't NEED a lathe, but you know you want one :)
    That's a killer piece of wood, and a great start. I'm looking forward to the rest of this project.

    If past performance is any indicator (and I know it is), this is gonna be really nice.
     
  5. DetraMental

    DetraMental Vaping Master ECF Veteran

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    That is going to be one beautiful pipe. That wood grain is amazing, it reminds me of marble!
     
  6. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    LOL Duckie,
    I got a Harley T from her last trip to the Bahamas
     
  7. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I will provide lots of pics and detail. Promise

    The wood has been in the garage for over 3 1/2 years. (now that I think about it)
    Should be OK by Now.
    Epoxy filler is a wonderful tool if needed. Comes in many colors.
     
  8. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    You are so right I do want one. Will probably have one with in a month. I have to be careful to get it into the shop without the Mrs. seeing it. I have my eye on this cheap POS
    http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-x-12-inch-bench-top-wood-lathe-95607.html
    I dont need it to make money for me, and I will most likely have to tweek it in some way or another. But it can surely turn small pieces of wood.
     
  9. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I am lucky to have such a nice piece (shaped as such) just laying around for this particular project.

    Some gold accents will make this pipe PoP
     
  10. Cavediver

    Cavediver Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    If you go the CL route, stay away from the lathes that have a single tube down the center. They're better than nothing, but the tool rest is a PITA, and the tailstock doesn't stay in line with the drive spindle. I'm going to use mine for a few more projects, and then it'll be time to upgrade (or at least step sideways into an old one that needs some rehab).
     
  11. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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  12. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    Well already I have to revert to plan -B-.
    The crotch I was hoping to use has soft sap wood going thru it. I was afraid of that. Not sure I can shorten up this piece enough to get rid of the crotch.

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    Cut off the bad spot. But it goes deeper.
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  13. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    OK guys

    This is what I have come up with for "Plan-B-"
    Had this laying around for a few years now, I guess it is time to make use of it.

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    Just my luck it is to tall to fit under the bandsaw. Time for a quick 15 min. workout

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    Wah-La

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    Now I can use the bandsaw to see what I got.

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    These will produce a couple really nice bowls

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    I will ponder on some details for a couple of days.
    Stay tuned!
     
  14. Birddog

    Birddog Full Member Verified Member

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    Like the look of that wood as well!
     
  15. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    It is going to be a very nice grain pattern and color.
    Cant wait to wipe it with a bit of oil!!
     
  16. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    So I got the honey do list done early today so I could have some shop time.
    I roughed out the pipe shape at the bandsaw
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    Took some measurements off my Highland Pipe, and drilled some holes. 7/8'' key ring/switch hole first. Then came the 3/4'' battery hole. Followed by 1/4'' wire lead hole.

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    Nice rough shape to start with.

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    WARNING. Be sure to MARK your bowl blank for your battery location, on the face of your blank. Be sure to have that side of the blank facing up on your saw as you cut the blank.

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    Barely have 2 hours in this project and I am already on plan -C-
     
  17. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I am glad I cut an extra, for just in case. LOL

    Here goes plan-C-

    Again. 7/8'' diam, about 3/4'' deep (left some wiggle room). Followed with the 3/4'' battery hole.

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    Double check the depth
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    This is a 3/8'' bit for the lead wires

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    Looks good from here

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    Drilled a 1/2'' hole for the ego connector. (didnt have a 9/16) I will need to do a little dremel work to get the connector to fit snug.
    This is a 1/4'' bit to run the wire leads thru.

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    Over to the bandsaw for a rough cut. (notice the out line of the battery compartment)

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    Tape the cut-off piece on to the blank so I can cut the side profile

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    Now I will spend some time at the beltsander. I need to shape one side, then do the same to the other side, this will keep me somewhat uniform in shape

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  18. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    A few more lay-out lines.

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    The bend where the short neck/stem transitions into the bowl is a real PITA. I had to se the dremel and a small file to get it to blend.

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    Still a small amount of shaping to do before I start the inlay work

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  19. Peppie

    Peppie Super Member ECF Veteran

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    I thought I had every thing I needed to get this build completed....... BUT NOOOOOOO!!!

    I bought some of this, to make the top switch connection ring

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    And I bought this to solder it to the 20ga wire

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    But for some reason the solder will not stick to the brass. Am I an idiot?? I spent 2 hours fiddleing with it.
    I am sure there is a simple explanation. Please someone let me in on the secret. I have ZERO experience working with electrical soldering.

    I thought these would also come in handy

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    Shaped the brass ring and gave it a test fit

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    Cut a shallow channel for the 20 ga. wire

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    That is all the further I got, due to my lack of knowledge with the soldering gun and brass.

    Anybody got the skinny on what I need to do to be sure my connections are good and solid, I am all ears!!
     
  20. duckie_44

    duckie_44 Senior Member ECF Veteran

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    Peppie......There are a couple of sticky's in the Modding Forum you can look at for soldering help http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/modding-forum/22122-how-solder-video.html and http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/modding-forum/22152-share-your-soldering-tips-here.html

    Hope this will help......I was thinking...From your posts that you where having a little trouble getting started....When I realized, since I started making pipes a year ago.....That for ever pipe that I've completed, about three have been junked.... :oops:

    I think that is more than likely true with ever modder, we just don't admit to it....:blush:

    duckie....

    edit: Case in point, here is a pipe I've been working on, off and on for a couple of weeks

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    Not going to look right.....sad....I will be pulling out all parts and stuff....fire wood...:facepalm:
     
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