Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How to make you own Pipe rack part 4

WARNING: If you do not listen you will lose a limb, finger, or hand. Also me and my blog are not responsible for any lose of limbs or blood lose. So if you lose something or screw up then you and only you are responsible due to your own stupidity.

As I type this and upload photos of the the assembly I want to run a lay down on what you need.


  1. Wood, preferably cedar and or pine due to the easiness and the avability of the lumber.
  2. Wood glue, much simpler and easier to use and the risk of nailing you hand to the piece is vastly reduced.
  3. Shellac, sealant against water damage and water stains.
  4. Sandpaper, just smooth out those rough spots of dried shellac and to smooth the wood before you stain.
  5. Wood Stain, to color the wood and show prominence of the grain.
  6. Drill Press, to create the depressions that will help keep the pipes in place. You want the drills bits that one eighths of an inch.
  7. Wax, To give the finish piece that beautiful shine, and it show's off the grain to perfection. 
  8.  A Table Saw or Circular Saw, to cut the wood.
  9. A Router, to shape and give the wood some decor, but that isn't too important so don't worry.
  10. Drill bits, ranging from 1/8" to 3/4" to determine the size of both the depressions
  11. A File, to expand the area where we are propping up the pipes.
  12. A Clamp, to keep the wood in place.
  13. A ruler, to make straight lines, despite the fact it is alright to be a gay line. Also you will use this to measure the thickness of the wood.
Okay now we have the materials that we need to make a pipe rack. I want to stress that we are not striving on decor. So if it is ugly as hell but functions as it should, then good, it is a success.

Just ignore the Meerschaum.
But this is the general shape you want the base to be.
Step 1: You want to take a 4x8 piece of wood, that's an inch thick, and cut in half, from the width. Then take one of the half's and cut it again in half, again from the width, you then take that fourth piece and cut it in half. Then you take one of those eighth pieces or 1x8 and use that as your base for your pipe rack.






This is the pattern you want to use due to the space you'll
conserve.
Step 2: You then want to take another piece of wood and cut it so that it should be the same length as the base. With the width at least be 1" and a 1/3" thick. Then you want to drill eight holes, four on each side about three centimeters from the edge of the wood and an inch apart. Then you want to use a 3/4" drill bit and marking the wing tips and the center with a pencil. This will designate where you are going to drill. Then you want leave about an inch of space between each 

Now you want to drill to the same pattern in picture to conserve space and reduce the risk of destroying your piece. 

Now that you have your pattern the same or similar to the pic. You want to take a drill bit somewhat smaller than a 3/4" drill bit and drill a small hole, then take a 3/4" and drill it into the small hole.

 Note: You want to drill at a ninety degree angle, because if you don't you'll screw up and have to repeat step 2. Not to mention that the wood will crack and splinter if you drill less than ninety degrees.


Step 3: Next you need to cut a wider piece, with the length of the base. With the width of 1 1/2" to 2". Then you'll want move on to step 4.



If you see the dots on the line then good. You need to align the dots with the
piece of wood that's going prop up your pipes.
Step 4: Now that Step 2 is done, lets move on. Like the picture on the right, you'll see a line with twelve dots corresponding with the piece of wood. That hold up your pipes. These dots will indicate where you will make your depressions.

Because we will need a jig. To create the depressions you see in regular pipe racks. I've decided to forgo that path and use a regula

We will just drill into the areas where the dots are. For the sake of common sense you want the depressions to be aligned with the piece that will be holding up the pipe. such as in picture on the left and the one on the bottom.

NOTE: If you see the the third line with stripes, ignore it for the time being it is not important, for now.
You want to align both the line and dots on the base to the
holes where the holes on the piece of wood where you
are propping up your pipes.



Step 5: Now with the lines and circles on the base. You'll want to take the base to a drill press for two reasons: 
Reason number 1, much more stable than a drill. Reason number 2, you'll need be drilling at 90ยบ angle or else your going just sending splinters into the air and you'll lose an eye. 


If you know the diameter of the drill bit. Then good, I don't remember.

Then you want to align the center of the drill with the center dot, without turning the drill on. Only after you have the base and drill aligned you want clamp it, so it won't move when you drill.

After you clamp the wood down, which may be a little difficult. Then you want to the drill about a sixth of an inch, so scoot up there. When you start up the drill, you want to bring it down slowly, because you can screw up with fast speed.

So when you stop for the very first to inspect the aftermath don't be surprised when you see a circle depression with a tiny hole in the middle. Such as the pic in the bottom middle.

Note: I do not know what is the diameter of the drill bit but if I had to guess I would say close to 3/4" of an inch. But if you do know I would appreciate it if you do share the information.

Step 6: Now that you should be about half way done, with drilling the base. If you are you should always be aligning the central dot on the base with the drill or else you start back at step 1. Also always clamp the wood down so you won't risk having the base scoot around the entire drill base.


Step 7: Now that we're halfway done, drilling depressions into the base. You now want to switch sides and repeat said process. Until you have done the same amount of depressions on the other side. Or until you have something similar in the picture next to this step.




To be Continued………………………

Friday, November 25, 2011

Need an extension on the deadline today.

I'm going to need an extension on the fourth and final posting of How to make your own pipe rack. Due to length and I need to talk to a person about several measurements, just to make sure they're correct. But fret not it will get completed before December 25.


So with that I'll puff you later.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pipe Rack Update IV: The finale is coming

This week, if not the next. I will be gathering all the photos of the assembly and construction of my pipe rack and post the final well before the deadline. Thankfully I'll be done well before this weekend and I know it will be up before Black Friday. Afterwards when you are done I would like it if you would send me a pic of your completed pipe racks, if you want.

Then I'll do an article on the interesting designs on the uniqueness and functionality of your pipe rack. Now I know this sounds weird, if you don't then you don't have to send me a pic and I won't. But there are two reasons that I am doing this.


  1. To tell my fledgeling self esteem that the numbers of puffs on my blog isn't some cruel unusual joke by some cyber bully.
  2. To give me something to write seeing that I don't have the funds to go to pipe shows, buy new pipes, and review pipe tobacco. Due to a lack of a job and lack of a paycheck, and my pride will not allow me to ask you, the reader, your hard earned money when the world economy is so shitty. 
Now if you do this, which would be awesome. Again email a picture of the pipe rack, your name, and your state, or provence if you live outside of the States, country, and what kind of wood you used. Of course I would prefer it after the final posting of HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PIPE RACK. At pipesmoking33@hotmail.com and I'll make sure that your pipe rack will be featured in the article. But no photo no mentioning in the article, kapeesh.

Thanks always and puff you later.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans day or Armistice day

Today at the eleventh hour at the eleventh minute of November 11, 1918. The Great War or World War I ended being the most deadly and the most costly war of its day. From 1914-1918 millions of men had died, either from the bullet, disease, or they succumbed to their wounds. It transformed of what was the horror of war, it was the first time we notice the psychological wound that would be label Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and it was the first time we used chemical warfare.

But on this day here in America, we honor those who have given the greatest sacrifice for our country. Though we have another one, Memorial Day, that honors the men and women of our armed forces. We as Americans don't really think about the war, we don't think about the day to day sacrifices of the troops and their families.

But I want to thank all Veterans both this country and of our Allies, for fighting for the rights of humanity.

Puff you later.

Monday, November 7, 2011

How to make your own Pipe Rack update III: A possible conclusion, if possible.

This week I am, probably going, to post the final and fourth posting HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PIPE RACK. Many of have waited and possibly stopped coming to this blog because of false promises and false hopes that I'll post the fourth and final posting. Yet many of you have continue to hold on in the desperate hope to see the pictures of this blog of the pipe rack of being built and seeing it holding one or two pipes.

But in the off chance, most likely, that I do not post the fourth and final chapter of the HTMYOPR. Then I'll understand as to why you have stopped coming to see my blog. Also realize that it wasn't my awful writing that kept you hear but, my empty promise of posting the fourth and final posting of HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PIPE RACK.


So with that I'll puff you later

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jazz & Pipes


Three nights ago, I went to a Jazz ensemble and while I was listening to the genius and talent of Butler's University's Jazz orcrastera. As I was listening I had an incredibly strong urge to grab my pipe and smoke it right then and there in the auditorium. After a combination of my cowardice and wanting to see my first performance of Gershwin's classic Rhaspody in Blue made me stop and wait later to smoke.

I realized that an estimated 30%-50%, I could be wrong, of pipe smokers probably love to listen to classic Jazz. By the great artist such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, and many more of this beautiful genre.

As I realized this link between the relaxing sensation of pipe smoking and listing to Jazz it gave the same release of pleasure, or endorphins if you want scientific term, when I take a good smoke. But again I could be wrong and be called an asshole for making a stupid assumption.

So when you find yourself in Jazz club that has pro-smoking policy and the Jazz is good. Take out your pipe, fill it up with tobacco, light up and puff with the rhythm.

Farewell and puff you later.

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