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Pipe rack for bent pipes

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  1. brudnod

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    My preference is for bent pipes (any degree) and most of the pipe racks that I have do not accommodate these pipes. Usually I cannot get the stem into the hole without the bowl getting stuck. The only one that I have that works has grooves for the stem and not holes. But the pipes tend to fall out; a 3 row pipe rack of this sort usually provides a landslide of pipes if one on the top row falls out. Any suggestions about racks that might work better for bent pipes? Not that I don't like the pipes just lying on my desk for me to gaze lovingly at; it all about economy of space.

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    I have a hard time getting my bents on the bottom row of my rack as well.However I've found they fit quite nicely if i put them in backward with the chamber facing away from me rather than toward.Give that a try and see if it helps.

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    I guess one solution for this would be to buy a used rack and cut slits in the hole for the stems so you can just slip them in. I have the same issue with bents. I'll have to search for a cheap used rack and experiment.

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    I just place the bents that don't fit the regular way stem down. Eventually I'm going to make some racks that have more space between the two main horizontal boards. I have some walnut from a tree my dad and I cut about 30 years ago.

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    I got this one from SPC a few years ago, and have had no issue with bents falling out.

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    If you know Michael, aka CosmicFolklore, he makes such things himself.

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    I have three pipe racks and a cabinet, and although it requires a little bit of body English, I can thread the bent
    pipes into all of them. And they are all distinct in their design. I have a round rack with an amber tobacco jar
    in the middle (family heirloom from gramps then dad), a Two Cousins custom built rack, an open freestanding
    rack, and a cabinet for thirty six pipes. In each case, with a little angling and adjusting, the bent pipes will
    go into the racks and stay. Some are easier than others, but they all work. About 2/3 of my stable have at least
    some bend in the shank and stem.

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    I have some flat pipe stands for 6 or 7 wide bowl pipes. The pipes sit at a small angle with no slots to put the stems through. I also have a 24 vertical pipe rack, 12 on each side for the traditional sized bowls, with no slots for the stems. Also has two storage drawers. They are made of walnut by Lubinski in Europe and sold by Novelli, one of our sponsors. The two types accommodate all but my huge bowled meerschaums which stay in their cases.

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    http://www.newshamswoodshop.com/pipe-rack.php

    The commercial way of displaying seems like a good way to go...if you look in the closeups, you can see the clamps for commercial application.

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    My name was mentioned, and I'm flattered. But. I make pipe bands and tamps occasionally, but no racks. I wish I had the woodworking equipment to do that though. I am mostly set up for metalwork and stone cutting. I do have a lathe, but that doesn't help.

    I hate those racks with a hole in them too. I have my racks made by a local woodworker, and I love mine. The top row is open, so that my wardens fit, and the rest are angled slightly to the side to show off the profile of the pipes with an open slot for the stem. I don't know why pipe rack makers use them damned holes. Most of my collection is 7" dublins with a slight bend, and I had to just chunk my first rack, because of the holes. Taking a pipe out or racking it was a chore.

    That picture of the round rack is a beaut!

    I would post my woodworker friends email or something, because he made my racks cheap and with a lot of detail work. But, he is old school, and he doesn't know anything about computers. He still uses hand tools for most of what he does with better efficiency and precision than younger guys with power tools.

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    I had the same problem several years ago. I learned that old Fairfax or Decatur racks are readily available on Ebay. I just tape the top, draw some saw lines and cut the O-shapes into U-shapes. I rub a little matching stain into the cuts and they work fine. My cabinet holds three Faifax racks, so I eventually bought and modified nine racks. Typically, you can get them delivered for around $20. Check Etsy as well.

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  12. brudnod

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    Al,
    You have good eye and a steady hand. The idea looks great.
    Thanks

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    Not really. I clamp the base of the stand to my work bench. I tape off the end with the holes. I just a small t-square to mark off the cut lines. I use a small jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade. I suppose it could be done with a coping saw or the like by hand as well.

    These chubby 9438's are a little tight, but even they fit in the new slots.

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