Cracked the Mortise of My New Pipe

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carcosa

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I was into my second bowl of Lane Virginia #1 when my pipe got clogged. So like an idiot I pulled the stem out which was a very tight fit, and when i put it back in the briar cracked by the mortise. It still smokes fine, its a $75 La Rocca Baron. Usually stems are tight with a new pipe, and i shouldnt have fooled with it while it was warm. Im afraid the crack will grow, any suggestions? (picture to come) I read about using wood glue but the crack is so tight i dont know how i would get it in there
 

carcosa

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the crack is pretty tight and there are absolutely no suction leaks, so I tried working some elmers glue in the crack with the tip of a pin, and since kids are known to eat it I imagine it is safe non toxic for pipes... Hopefully this solves the problem. I tried taking a few pictures but the crack is so fine you would never see it.
 

craig61a

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Stuff happens... As long you got enough glue in the crack to allow the the crack to hold permanently, no foul. I would leave the stem out while the glue cures, and wrap something around the cracked area until the glues sets and cures.

I use a carpenter’s pencil to apply graphite to real tight stems so the slide in relatively easy. Sometimes takes a couple applications.
 

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Pierre1965

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I have a Royal Danish that had a hairline crack on the shank. I made a tapered wooden dowel and used it to gently (very, very gently) expand the crack. I used a fine tip extension on my CA glue and got the glue down into the crack. I removed the taper and clamped over night. Using the tip extension I got very little on the outside and cleaned up immediately. The crack is still visible if you look very closely, but I have no intention of selling it and it doesn't bother me. I use the pipe regularly and the repair hasn't shown any signs of failing.
 

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I was into my second bowl of Lane Virginia #1 when my pipe got clogged. So like an idiot I pulled the stem out which was a very tight fit, and when i put it back in the briar cracked by the mortise. It still smokes fine, its a $75 La Rocca Baron. Usually stems are tight with a new pipe, and i shouldnt have fooled with it while it was warm. Im afraid the crack will grow, any suggestions? (picture to come) I read about using wood glue but the crack is so tight i dont know how i would get it in there
Pulling and especially pushing a stem, be it hot or cold, could be the problem. I was shown a long time ago to twist the stem clockwise, both out and in. Never had a problem with splitting/cracking the mortise. (And I don't adhere to the admonition to never remove the stem while hot.)

Do you have photos now?
 

Pierre1965

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Pierre: Bien fait! That seems like a good way to go. How long has it been holding up?
Merci. It's been a couple months and I use the pipe regularly. I've used CA glue in wood turning projects for years so I'm very confident that I won't have an future problems. I really like it because it will flow into the tiniest of cracks and doesn't seem to expand. The pipe was in pretty bad shape when I received it and it was only a $10 so I didn't have anything to loose by trying. One note on this: use CA sparingly it doesn't take much and as soon as the glue is in remove the taper; CA sets quickly and solidly.
 

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