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  1. shaintiques

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    Hey guys who make pipes,

    What kind of drill bits do you use to drill the bowl particularly? Could you post pics? Has anyone ever used a router?

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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  2. unclearthur

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    I use modified spade bits. http://www.pimopipecraft.com/tools.html

    If at first you don't succeed you are running about average.
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  3. mukihr

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    i used modified spade bits before but converted to modified HSS drill bits - they cut a lot better in my opinion... much calmer drilling...

    „What we do in life echoes in eternity“.. Gen. Maximus (Gladiator movie)
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    I use these guys. Brad Pohlmann was good enough to make a few sets a couple years back.

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    Tools of the trade...nice !!

    "If light travels faster than sound, is this why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?"
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    Yep, got to love seeing what you guys are using to make your pipes!

    Mason jars and bale top jars, mason jars and bale top jars.... that is all!

    "There’s truth in the statement that pipe tobacco will never be any less expensive than it is today, so think of your cellar as a cost averaged investment" - G.L. Pease
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  7. ejames

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    I use some modified spade bits also. Would like to have a set like Stephendownie has--would also love to have one of Mr. Downies pipes!

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    those spoon bits are such a cool design

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  9. shaintiques

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    Can someone post a pic of a modified spade?

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    Modified spade bits.

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    Nice Unc, I just ordered the 3/4 and 7/8 from Pimo as well, tired of
    Dig'in the bowl out with a spoon

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  12. unclearthur

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    I grind my own. I'm cheap! I can pick them up by the handful at any junk store for pennies.

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    I was going to try, but didn't want to hack that up too

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  14. unclearthur

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    Just make yourself a template and go to it.

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    I traded a pipe I made for my bits. Got 4 spade bits, a tool that drills the mortise and faces the shank in one step and 4 new Imco G77R lighters. He ground the bits and made the mortise tool.

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  16. smokindawg

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    I use Modified spade bits, Ball nosed end mills and also some regular drill bits. But I cut the shank off my spade bits and use the short version......... Just seems more steady, whether it is or not.

    I then use tapered bits on the stems and a good quality brad point 5/16 and 5/32 bit on the airway and mortise.

    Steve: Pipemaker in Training!
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  17. shaintiques

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    Ok thanks for the pics i think im going to try and grind my own

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  18. unclearthur

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    Just remember to bring the edge all the way back especially with any taper. You are cutting with the whole bit not just the point .

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    How did the drill bits turn out?

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    Im almost done grinding the first probably will finish it later today. Then do some test drills and see

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