pipemakersforum.com

The original forum for pipe makers on the web
It is currently Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:04 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Keeping the bowl clean
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:10 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:31 pm
Posts: 17
Hello Sirs,
I'm new here and extremely grateful to have been included. I've just started making pipes and have so many questions. I'm sure this is an anomaly here so please don't all rush me at once. I rigged a buffing ball up to a drill press to do my 3 step buffing. Hopefully I'll get the 3 wheeler deal soon, but I'm working with what I've got for now. Previously I was loading the buffing balls into a hand drill, so the press is a step up I think. I'm afraid I got some white diamond in the bowl while touching up some already finished pipes. How do you guys go about keeping compound out of the bowl? Any and all ideas are welcome and appreciated. I tried stuffing cut up fabric into the bowl, but this didn't work very well. Thank you again so much to all of you here willing to share and teach.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:13 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:49 pm
Posts: 1844
Location: Zimmerman, MN
Just sand the chamber after buffing.

_________________
---
Fail early, fail often. Your success depends on it.

Jeremiah Sandahl
http://sandahlpipe.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:17 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:31 pm
Posts: 17
Fair enough. That's a simple solution that I think half crossed my mind, I was only worried that I'd gunk up my new buff.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:46 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:49 pm
Posts: 1844
Location: Zimmerman, MN
Don't put anything in the chamber during buffing. Just buff and clean when you're done.

_________________
---
Fail early, fail often. Your success depends on it.

Jeremiah Sandahl
http://sandahlpipe.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:30 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:31 pm
Posts: 17
I'll do that... or not do that rather. Thanks.
As a side bar question, I noticed the grain sort of "popped" out a little as a result of the process... was I too aggressive? It's not a lot, but I didn't make the pipe, so I feel like I screwed up someone else's work.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:15 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:49 pm
Posts: 1844
Location: Zimmerman, MN
Not sure what you mean by the grain popping out. Did it make a texture while buffing? Some briar is quite soft and could respond t heavy pressure. Also, what wheels are you using on your drill press?

_________________
---
Fail early, fail often. Your success depends on it.

Jeremiah Sandahl
http://sandahlpipe.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:04 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:00 am
Posts: 1842
In my final touch up box in my office I keep small squares of 150grit paper, about the size of a stamp. I use these to tidy up the chamber rim before coating.

_________________
www.askwithpipes.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:05 pm
Posts: 2597
After buffing and waxing, I wrap 220 grit around a 1/2" dowel rod that's about 4 inches long and sand the chamber. I rounded off the end so it gets the bottom of the chamber. I make sure not to stick my fingers in the chamber after that point unless I'm wearing clean latex gloves so I don't get oils in the chamber. Oil from hands can prevent the carbon bowl coating from sticking well and flaking off.

_________________
Wayne Teipen
Teipen Handmade Briar Pipes
http://www.teipenpipes.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:29 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:31 pm
Posts: 17
sandahlpipe wrote:
Not sure what you mean by the grain popping out. Did it make a texture while buffing? Some briar is quite soft and could respond t heavy pressure. Also, what wheels are you using on your drill press?


Yes, you can now feel the grain texture when you couldn't before. I've got the Tripoli/white diamond/carnuba set of wheels designed for buffing inside bowls. Wheel isn't really the right word, they are baseball shaped and sized. I know this isn't the preferred way for respectable pipe makers the world over, it's just that they were cheaper and I couldn't sit still until I had some way of finishing.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:32 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:31 pm
Posts: 17
wdteipen wrote:
After buffing and waxing, I wrap 220 grit around a 1/2" dowel rod that's about 4 inches long and sand the chamber. I rounded off the end so it gets the bottom of the chamber. I make sure not to stick my fingers in the chamber after that point unless I'm wearing clean latex gloves so I don't get oils in the chamber. Oil from hands can prevent the carbon bowl coating from sticking well and flaking off.


Thanks. I didn't know that about the oils from your hands.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:54 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:49 pm
Posts: 1844
Location: Zimmerman, MN
I think having the proper wheels will allow you to get shiny without having to apply pressure enough to make the grain stand up. Use the right tool for the job if you want to get good results.

_________________
---
Fail early, fail often. Your success depends on it.

Jeremiah Sandahl
http://sandahlpipe.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:31 pm
Posts: 17
Understood


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group