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Pipes #2: Eight Purpleheart Pipes

02-25-2020 04:40 AM by Madmark2 | 0 comments »

Another week, another batch of pipes. Took 5-1/4” of purpleheart 1×12 and cut 9, 1-1/8” x 13/16” blanks. One is set aside for making a lidded pipe and here are the remaining eight: Plain pipes sell I call this the freighter _ The runt of the litter is my fave This pipe has an art deco feel A Klingon spork?!_

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Small Projects #14: Child Proof Puzzle Pipe

02-14-2020 07:28 PM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

I had a wild idea hit me the other day, a pipe that won’t light unless you know the secret. I was thinking about making more wonderbread or swiss cheese pipes when it dawned on me that if I intentionally drill thru the stem the bowl won’t draw. So the only way to light the pipe is to cover the two holes that intersect the stem. Such a simple idea! The rest of the holes are decoys and decorations.

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Small Projects #12: Wonderbread Pipe

02-06-2020 10:07 PM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

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....

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Small Projects #11: Sofa stops

02-04-2020 02:03 AM by Madmark2 | 2 comments »

We have blinds on the front window with a sofa backing onto them. The better half was forever pulling the sofa out of the blinds every time she opened or closed them. Simple solution:Sofa Stops A couple of pieces of pine 1×6, a little bandsaw work and some sanding and volia a pair of sofa stops. The notch holds the back legs of the sofa and keeps them away from the wall just enough to stay out of the blinds. This would also prevent the sofa from rubbing on a painted wall. Finished ...

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Small Projects #9: Purpleheart Burial Flag Box

01-28-2020 12:28 AM by Madmark2 | 5 comments »

A veteran friend of mine, Bert, recently passed and I’m making a flag box for his burial flag out of purpleheart. While appearing simple to make, computing the dimensions from just the 17-1/2” side of the folded flag is a challenge. You have to take into account the diagonal lengths (the length of a 45° miter on 3/4” stock is 1-1/16”) The neat thing is that the three pieces:Pieces mitered, rabbeted and grooved. When stood together the pieces hold their form on th...

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Small Projects #8: Jatoba and Marble Plant Stand

01-27-2020 10:21 PM by Madmark2 | 0 comments »

This is a project I made about 20 years ago. It’s out of jatoba with a “Tito’s Green” marble floor tile inset into the top. The wood is finished with Johnson’s paste floor wax and the jatoba has darkened to the lovely burgundy color you see here:Jatoba Plant Stand Marble is porous and watering spills will be absorbed and evaporate. Being a floor tile instead of a wall tile it is thicker and heavier than a wall tile. The unit was quite heavy as I just planed...

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Small Projects #7: Clamp Stand

01-27-2020 09:57 PM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

A clamp rack was about the first thing I put up. Nine months later I’ve got more clamps and the old rack was overloaded. I built this rack out of 8’ of 1×4, 8’ of 1×2 and a couple of feet of 2×2.Completed project The clamps hang by their handles and the 1×2 acts both as the hanger and end stops for the different clamp lengths. Spring clamps and the smaller clamps are on the sides. The whole thing is on wheels so I can move it around when needed. ...

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Pipes #1: Six new pipes

01-27-2020 01:35 AM by Madmark2 | 0 comments »

Been selling pipes to the local head shop. Just cut out six blanks from a foot long chunk of jatoba. You can see the lovely variegation: I’ll post more when I shape them. I’m hoping they’ll retail for $20 each. M

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Small Projects #3: Cherry Insulin box

01-27-2020 12:33 AM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

As I diabetic I need vials of insulin, needles and alcohol pads to be handy at all times especially when traveling. This little cherry tote box is 3” x 3” x 7” out of resawn 1/4” stock. It holds two vials of insulin, eight syringes and a good supply of alcohol pads. I actually made this in 2016 and its held up well. My laser engraver was working then and I engraved the lid to suggest the contents. The sliding lid has what I like to call a ‘perfect’ fi...

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Small Projects #2: Small Oak Tool Tray

01-27-2020 12:16 AM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

The better half doesn’t always say anything but I know my leaving small hand tools on her coffee table irks her to no end. To preserve the peace I made this little (12” x 8” x 3-1/2”) oak tool caddy to toss my stuff in one place instead of being scattered to-hell-and-gone. I had a couple of 1/4” x 3-1/2” x 36” pieces of store bought (BORG) oak kicking around and this seemed like a good project. I cut the boards into six 11-3/4” pieces. The...

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