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Discussion in 'Pipes' started by clm42, Aug 24, 2011.

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  1. clm42

    clm42 Member

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    Just picked up an Aldo Velani Ultima at a shop for 20. I'm planning too make this my first self clean. Any recommendations on reams? Its got quite a bit of cake and will need some serious buffing but the grain looks good so I think its worth a try. I will try to post some pics later today.
     


  2. Vaquero

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    Can't wait to see it! Good luck with your endeavor!
     
  3. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    Reams? (Reamer tool, or how to ream)?

    Sandpaper, a dowel rod/cylindrical object( small screwdriver) and elbow grease. Just work the cake back to where you want it...possibly bare wood, if it smells ghosty or you don't like the notion of 'using' the previous owners cake build up.

    Reamer tools aren't absolutely neccessary. I don't use one.
     
  4. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

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    Well, not on your pipes anyway.
     
  5. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    I have and use a reamer - one of those metal adjustable jobs (and NOT in a meer!). If I'm just cutting cake back, it takes just a few seconds. If I'm cutting to bare wood, I use this to get the process started and then I use sandpaper to finish.

    www.pipesandcigars.com sells the Senior Pipe Reamer for $33. That's what I use. It works well.
     
  6. woody

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    A butter knife could be used as a reamer. When I first started I used an old oyster knife.
     
  7. user1975

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    Congrats, can't wait to see some pics!
     
  8. clm42

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    I just had a thought (a phrase that frightens my wife) since I dont have any of the fancy tool like a buffer wheel or reamer, im going to try to do this entirly with my dremel. I can get and make buffer wheels for it, i have barrel sanders and plastic brush wheelsnfpr it that would take cake pretty well. Id just need to buy some wax! And maybe some new bits for the dremel :)
     
  9. woody

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    Don't use a dremel! Do it by hand. It too easy to mess up with those high RPMs..
     
  10. Kiowapipe

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    Dremel can be used to polish the outside, but I agree with Woody- putting one of those sanding drums in the chamber seems like a real bad idea. Unless maybe you have a Dremel that can go down to super low speed... No, probably even then I'd handle the cake manually. Just tempting fate otherwise.
     
  11. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    NO Dremels!!
     
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    I agree. Though I have no experience using them on pipes, I can tell you that even something as innocuous as a buffing wheel can burnish a piece of wood pretty badly given the high RPMs and very small area it comes into contact with. Sanding drums can really burn through material, too.

    Sometimes I wonder how these gadgets got so popular..
     
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  13. user1975

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    Quickest way to destroy a pipe without really trying in my opinion.
     
  14. Snake

    Snake permanent ankle biter

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    Not to derail the thread, but this is the
    result of using a Dremel on briar:

    [​IMG]

    Was a Falcon bowl (with stripped threads).
     
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  15. Kiowapipe

    Kiowapipe Active Member

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    lol... Exactly.
     
  16. YOJiMBO20

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    One of the kids at my church makes wooden rings. I should get him a small chunk of briar and have him carve me one out of that. The other two that he's made me keep falling apart.
     
  17. Kiowapipe

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    Snake- I just realized I may have misunderstood you. At first I thought you meant that you'd used a Dremel on a pipe and wrecked it so you decided to make a ring out of it. Didn't mean to dis your ring, it looks pretty cool! :)
     
  18. clm42

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    I was thinking of using a flap wheel or a nylon brush set to low for the cake and a cotton buff wheel to polish. Not one of those stiff felt buffer bits. I used one to polish the trigger on an AR-15, I'd never get it near wood. If the advice is unanimously no then I suppose I'll have to heed it.
     
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