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Post  dudleydipstick on Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:35 pm

I was in need of a pipe rest and after surveying the available materials, made one from part of a watch box.

Here's the box:



Sometimes I use an empty 50g tin to prop it up, if I'm taking it to another room, I don't bother.

With a Baronet Bruyere:



With a Big Ben Dublin:



With the tin:



With a Brebbia:



The crossword decoration is my own. This works pretty good except for billiards, which take a bit of finagling. I keep a Softee Bit in the recess, thinking that sometime I'll use it, but I never seem to.

Have a great weekend fellas.


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Post  NoseWarmer on Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:26 pm

I must say, that is quite "niffty"... Why didn't I think of that...Question

I've been thing about getting a series of the leather bean bag type pipe rests... A single to use when I am smoking and a dbl/trip for display...


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Post  RJ on Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:34 pm

Havign finished outfitting my wife with book shelves and a podium for her classroom I'm now getting the urge to turn my woodworking attentions back to pipes.

I plan to build myself a nice shelf unit with pipe storage, a few pipe rests, and then a couple more Cherry Wood pipes to supplement my cobs. The cherry make a fine smoker similar to a cob.

I'm thinking for the pipe rests I'll us 2 small blocks of scrap wood drill a large hole in the top one and then laminate it to the bottom piece perhaps with some felt sandwiched in the middle. Then give it a back like a bench. Really it's how I think I'll build the pipe storage shelves and then jsut do a couple 1 hole versions as pipe rests.

If it goes like most of my projects it will evolve as I screw it up and then find fixes and end up entirely different (and usually better) than the "plan".

I like your Matt. It's really pretty similar to what I've been kicking around in my addled mind.

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Post  Pstlpkr on Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:50 pm

After Tim's posting of that work of art, I'm almost embarrassed to post my "secret project".
I finished staining it last night.
This old set of shelves was made by my grandfather in his last year in school. The 9th grade in 1915.
I have been using for a place to keep my pipes for several years.
So, to keep my sanity, I decided to convert it into a pipe "rack".
It was a bitch to disassemble. The whole time that I was taking it apart; all I could think about was what #5 (that robot from the movie Short Circuit) said... "No Disassemble!"
It has taken me about 3 weeks. The only thing left to do is apply the wax finish, and replace the hanging hardware and the Eagle.
My skill doesn't approach you guy's.
Before I stained it I had to test drive it.

So here goes:




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Post  NoseWarmer on Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:14 pm

Like I said before Lawrence, I think it worked out quite well...

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Post  RJ on Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:44 pm

NoseWarmer wrote:Like I said before Lawrence, I think it worked out quite well...

Yeah I guess it did.

Very cool Lawrence. I like it a lot; Great idea.

I wonder if the stems will bend in warm temps.

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Post  Pstlpkr on Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:08 am

I certainly hope not.

It does hold the pipes very securely.

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Post  dudleydipstick on Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:28 pm

Lawrence,

Is that system your own design? I've never seen anything like it.

Neato!

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Post  Pstlpkr on Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:15 pm

Hey Matt,

No, the concept is one that I adapted from a pipe stand/display that (I think Phil) was posted a while back. The original that sparked the idea was an upright construction that was tall and in a cross shape that had dowels about an inch long sticking out of each surface, and the pipes were hanging from them. I just took the hanging thing and ran with it.

I'm up to the 4th wax application and it's beginning to shine very nicely.
I figure 3 or 4 more coats should do it.
I didn't want to use a urethane or clear coat, because I was afraid that it might stick to my pipes. I don't think that "Minwax Finishing Wax" would do that.
Just a lot of rubbing involved and very little drying time. I should have it hanging on the wall by this evening. "Fully Loaded"
I post a picture.

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Post  raftergtex on Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:44 pm

That really nice Lawrence, way to go. That's a lot of intricate work and it turned out well. You should be okay on the stems. I takes quite a bit of direct heat to bend them. Nice collection of pipes, by the way.

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Post  Pstlpkr on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:25 am

Thanks Tim,
It was a lot of fun to do. However: I don't think there is a straight angle in the whole project. Very Happy

Here is the finished product after six coats of wax, and a lot of elbow grease. The nails that you see in the first picture were the original nails that held the eagle in place. Naturally, I dropped the first one I tried to replace. But, I found it after a bit.

So here goes:




Notice the White Ringed Volcano on the top shelf right.
It's there only because I wanted it in the picture.
It's back were it goes.... on my pipe table, next to my chair.

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Post  JC on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:50 am

Very nice work Lawrence... I'm impressed!

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Post  dudleydipstick on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:56 am

A fine looking pipe rack indeed.

Next time you hear Johnny 5 talking in your head, go on and tell him to shut up.

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Post  raftergtex on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:21 am

That's really nice. I use a pipe cabinet I bought on ebay for about $150 and it does not hold as many pipes or work as well. It does have a door, but I am not sure that is a plus. They need to breathe .... Here's mine:



Note: the pipes are all mine, some early ones. I kept the two that suck, the bamboo that looks like a tomahawk, and the billiard with the way too wide shank and ugly yellow color. The others have gone into the world to good reviews, like the white-ringed volcano on the right. Wink

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Post  Pstlpkr on Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:03 am

Thanks Guys for all the compliments, I think it's going to work out well.
It's still on the wall and still holding all the pipes.
So, I guess that qualifies as a success.
I still haven't figured out how to use the "towel" bar.... Very Happy

Tim, I thought that good looking pipe looked familiar. Smile
That looks like a very nice cabinet. It would be a shame not to use it for your pipes.
Or as a place to keep your newest creations until they have been adopted and have new homes. (Which is what it looks like you're doing now.... Doh! Rolling Eyes
Idea Just and idea: Have you thought about replacing the glass with some kind of light weight decorative grill or screen? That would allow you to see the pipes and let the air get to them. I have seen china cabinets like that.



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