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alaskanpiper

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May 23, 2019
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Hello All,
I recently acquired an estate pipe that is in otherwise beautiful shape, but the stem fits very loosely into the shank. Loose enough that the slightest pressure on the bowl will cause it to twist. Anyone have any recommendations as to a possible way to fix this? I would sure love to be able to smoke it without having to worry about the bowl spinning around like a pinwheel.
Thanks!
Frank

 

jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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If smoking it a bunch of times over a few days doesn't tighten it, the next step is beeswax on the tenon, and/or wetting the mortise a few times over a day or so. Then, if still no joy, heating the tenon. It will return to its original shape (assuming it hasn't been sanded or filed down in the past).

 

paulie66scandinavian

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Jul 28, 2016
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As said above - You may consider applying a light layer of nail lacquer on the tenon,

Btw, as for the heating, don't push the tenon on the flat surface, more likely the shape of it will be deformed if you do so)

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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Check this out:
Walt Cannoy on how to fix a loose tenon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khWHIzdBbhw

 

trubka2

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Feb 27, 2019
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Even I was able to get good results from the Walt Cannoy method, so it must be genuinely foolproof. I had no idea vulcanite has memory. (Oh, the stories my stems could tell!) George also has a multi-part video on how to do it The Right Way. It's beyond my own skill level and tools, but it was interesting to see how he does it.