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Shank extensions

Discussion in 'Stems & Stummels' started by mecompco, Aug 27, 2013.

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  1. mecompco

    mecompco Active Member

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    I have a nice assortment of wood (some stabilized) from my knife-making interest. I'm thinking this would look nice as a shank extension. Would a straight long setup epoxy hold up or is some sort of mechanical connection to the shank neccessary? Thanks!

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    Michael
     
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  4. GlassEye

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    Are you adding to an already made pipe or making the entire pipe? If adding, I would put a tenon on one end and mortise for the stem on the other so the extension would be removable.

    What type of knives do you make?
     
  5. t-bear

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    You need to create a short mortise/tenon connection between the bowl and your extension..gluing flat-to-flat is not stable enough. The everyday twisting of the shank and bit will quickly break it off...voice of experience here!
    For my bamboo extensions, I use stainless steel tubing to stabilize the connection...that might be another option.
     
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    Thanks! I surmised that might be the case. This would be on a newly made pipe (which I will get to, one of these days). I suppose one would attache the extension permanently, then turn/shape the shank.
     
  7. mecompco

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    Ha ha, well, I only finished one--there are pix over in the General/Hobbies/Knifemaking thread. I have a bunch of steel and wood that I acquired before by interest in that dissapated a bit. The good news is that many of the tools that I bought for knife making are also good for pipes.
     
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    Here's the thread, if anyone's interested:

    https://pipesmokersforum.com/community/threads/knife-making.31250/

    I probably put at least 40 hours into this project. I have a better (by no means great) belt grinder now, so another one would go more quickly. I've got a blade I forged (the little one in the thread is pure stock-removal) ready for final grinding--suppose I should work on it sometime, but I'm hot on pipe-making now.
     
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