Friday, December 24, 2010

Making Your own Pipe Rack Pt. 1

Today is the day before Christmas and if you're pipe smoker, chances are your getting a new pipe tomorrow . But your collection is growing and your pipe Rack is running low on holding space, if you own one, you want to buy a new pipe rack but your not wanting to spend the amount for a new pipe rack.

So what do you do? Sell some of your pipes on Ebay? While hoping that you can get some money by selling some of your pipes. Or make your own pipe rack? Which can be both fun and surprisingly addicting, so do not get carried away.

First thing is first. Be realistic, if you do not have any experience in wood shop or working with wood. Then your pipe rack will be simple at best. So once again the rack will be simple, but appeasing to look at.

Now that we got that out of the way lets start with the basics of wood shop or what I deemed important enough to be the commandments of woodworking:

  1. Safety First, though I don't have that much experience. But I can say that you will work with power tools and you will need to take in consideration that you are dealing with objects that have the power to cut your hand off.
  2. Pay attention. If you are easily distracted then create an environment were you won't saw off a finger or your hand. Or else you're fucked.
  3. Read the Manual or Instructions of the tools you are going to operate. Know your tools know how to operate them and know how to handle them. It will help you keep ten fingers or two hands.
  4. Know your measurements. As well basic Algebra, you don't need a Ph.D. in physics, but you should know inches, feet, etc. Including adding, multiplying, and dividing fractions and such.
  5. Practice on scrap wood. Like writing you will go through process of creating a rough draft & a final draft. Scrap is your first draft and you are going to use that first draft to gain experience so you won't saw of a finger or a hand. Also you will gain experience on how to use and handle the tools.
  6. When Drilling, you want to use a clamp down on the wood that you are working on. Clamps make everything much more stable. Also put wood underneath so you won't have your work bench look like wooden Swiss Cheese.
  7. Practice makes perfect. If you screw up, don't get mad. No one is perfect, so if you didn't get the desired effects then start all over again and try again. Learn from your mistakes.
Now that we have the basics down lets start sawing through the list. That is incomplete and probably wrong, so to most woodworkers. If you feel like adding to the list then by all means do so.

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