Small Projects #12: Wonderbread Pipe

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 02-06-2020 10:07 PM 509 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Trying to get creative with a new prototype pipe:

Started with a chunk of 5/4 jatoba, cut square, 4” long. The 5/8”-7/16” stepped bowl and 3/16” stem were drilled to produce a viable pipe blank. I make these blanks a half dozen at a time, each winds up as a unique ‘art pipe’. This set of blanks was oriented so that the sides are quartersawn, crown up.

I drilled the blank randomly with both a 3/16” and 1/8” bit, each about 1/4” deep. Some of the holes intersected in interesting ways. On the first production unit (still in roughing stage) I added shallow 5/16” forstner drills as well.

Bought a basic selection of Testor’s model paints and supplies and filled in the holes randomly. It needs two coats, especially for the light colors; white, yellow, pale blue.

Important tip: Let the paint dry overnight before sanding or blowing off dust with an air hose. DAMHIKT!

Once the paint was fully dry (see above) the shaping sanding took off any paint slop and produced interesting effects on the rims of the holes.

A couple of coats of Johnson’s Paste Floor Wax and some elbow grease buffing and it is as you see it here.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 02-07-2020 02:37 PM

That jatoba looks nice under wax. I’m a big fan of wax finishes.


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