Rim Carbon Removal Tool and Mortise Cleaning Tool (2 videos)

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georged

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Two requests appeared in my YouTube channel's Q&A comment section, one was how to remove hard carbon from a pipe's rim, and the other how to remove hardened tar at the bottom of a mortise. Both are easily done with an inexpensive, specialized tool anyone can make, and don't require much practice or skill to use.
This video covers rim carbon removal:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT9TJfpU2xU&list=PLFwwtvtKlXW-HJ9mijb5fRm-ncucTB80C&index=3&t=0s
And this one how to clean a mortise:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBa6GElg6ns&list=PLFwwtvtKlXW-HJ9mijb5fRm-ncucTB80C&index=3

 

jaytex969

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Great videos, George.
We do share a philosophy:
Rim video @ 3:56 "I find it most comfortable using a middle finger..." :lol:


 

chasingembers

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Nov 12, 2014
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Yikes! Not brave enough to use a shiv on a pipe rim. 8O A wet paper towel works wonders for me.


 

georged

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Holy crap!
You mean there's magic water available for pipes, too???
I tried some of the car kind---a sprinkle was all it took---and boy, it worked great! (pics attached)
But I looked and looked, and never found any of the pipe variety. I was starting to think they didn't even make it...
So. Are you gonna tell us where you got it, or just tease us with pictures?
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chasingembers

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So. Are you gonna tell us where you got it, or just tease us with pictures?
Oh, you mean this?
http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/savinelli-humidor-614-restoration-pic-heavy
Wow, Bruce calling me "George" when I was overthinking or doing a restoration the hard way is making more sense.

 

georged

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:lol:
Oil-based residue (carbonized tar) dissolved by water. Magic, indeed.
You should set up a commercial shop, Cap'n. Looks like you've got it figured out. (Try to avoid "splitting tenons," though.)

 

georged

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Me too! Interesting method though, but knowing me I would start scraping off wood too.
The reason for the high specificity of the widget is because things like pocket knife blades, box cutter blades, X-acto blades, and so forth WILL make a hash of things. To anyone reading this: resist the urge to see for yourself on anything but a junker.
A super-sharp, gently curved SQUARE (90-degree) edge, used with "fingertip sensitivity" though, is easily capable of polishing a smooth pipe. You can remove everything above the color layer without damaging anything underneath.
I once did exactly that to a museum-grade Tokutomi that had been accidentally caught in a furniture wood finish overspray situation. The only other alternative was rolling the dice on solvents and dealing with the blotchy, bleached-out aftermath. 45 minutes with a little tab of steel undid a $7K catastrophe. :D

 

madox07

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Interesting choice of tools ... seems easy enough, thanks for your time.

 

craiginthecorn

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I was a little lazy, so I squared up the topside of an Exacto blade on my sharpening stones rather than cutting a corner off of a drywall knife, as George does it. It took me 6 minutes to clean up the rim on this piece o’ crap pipe. Sorry for the equally crappy photos. Essentially, it’s a tiny cabinet scraper,