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by dirk the piper
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: Uilleann Pipes General Discussion
Topic: Any professional pipers in western Colorado?
Replies: 1
Views: 1112

Re: Any professional pipers in western Colorado?

Please feel free to contact me via PM, and I'll help you find a piper here in Colorado.

All the Best,

Dirk Mewes
by dirk the piper
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: polyurethane glues
Replies: 3
Views: 1631

Re: polyurethane glues

This brings-up a question I have... How in the world would one go-about testing the effectiveness of a glue - especially a new-ish kind of glue? I mean, without having to wait ten years to see if the joint fails. Would runnning it through various humid/dry cycles be a good method? What other things ...
by dirk the piper
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: The Golden Ratio
Replies: 14
Views: 5784

Re: The Golden Ratio

That's a brilliant little device. I just got done making a little Lego mock-up of one to see how it works, when my new DRO arrived in the mail... I sure appreciate you folks who share all these wonderful ideas on this forum.
by dirk the piper
Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: measuring internal bores
Replies: 53
Views: 21348

Re: measuring internal bores

Bill made a very good point about how the slow taper of the bore makes the problem of increased accuracy more difficult. So, for that reason, the very nice device shown will work just fine. However, I do think it's important to know how well your device is doing it's job, and that will take a bit of...
by dirk the piper
Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: measuring internal bores
Replies: 53
Views: 21348

Re: measuring internal bores

I don't know if it's good enough for the accuracy we want, or not. Maybe it's already good. I suppose the best thing to do would be to test it. I would take a few measurements- maybe 30 or so - with the probe, then remove the end and put the same probe end back on, then take 30 more measurements wit...
by dirk the piper
Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Drilling tone holes
Replies: 23
Views: 10255

Re: Drilling tone holes

Mr. Quinn uses a lathe milling attachment for holding the handpiece, so I started off this project with one of those. For my lathe, I had to make a mounting block to attach it to the cross-slide table. The result is that the attachment provides more clearance than the toolpost does. With a typical c...
by dirk the piper
Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Drilling tone holes
Replies: 23
Views: 10255

Re: Drilling tone holes

I'm thinking about getting a Foredom tool, similar to the one Mr. Quinn describes in his article. The company has several models to choose from. There are hang-up motors, bench-mount motors, different power outputs, and many types of hand pieces... www.foredom.com
by dirk the piper
Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: measuring internal bores
Replies: 53
Views: 21348

Re: measuring internal bores

Indeed, it looks like a good design. So, let's talk about a good way to mount the end probes on a device like this. What about turning a narrow end on the shaft, with a short threaded section at the end. The probe plug would have a smooth hole the same diameter as the narrow section. When pressed on...
by dirk the piper
Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Drilling tone holes
Replies: 23
Views: 10255

Drilling tone holes

Could we have a discussion on the gotchas and things to watch for when drilling tone holes in chanters and regulators? For instance, when drilling, is it necessary to brace the inside of the bore to prevent break-out - that nasty splintering of wood that can happen when a drill-bit exits through the...
by dirk the piper
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: measuring internal bores
Replies: 53
Views: 21348

Re: measuring internal bores

Thank you Bill. It's helpful to hear what kind of precision you have been experiencing. Otherwise, I have no way of knowing where my own technique measures-up, so to speak. I'll let you know how it goes, but I guess it's going to take a while before I gain much useful experience with this. If it tur...
by dirk the piper
Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: measuring internal bores
Replies: 53
Views: 21348

Re: measuring internal bores

What type of ruler is best for measuring the insertion depth? Would I want to use a Vernier scale of some kind? Where would I get one?
-Dirk
by dirk the piper
Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: measuring internal bores
Replies: 53
Views: 21348

Re: measuring internal bores

I like this topic. I was just about to start a discussion on this too, since it is now time for me to make some probes. I'm going to follow the example of David Quinn and Bill Haneman, who use a lathe and micrometers to make their own measuring probes. You can probably use some alternative to these ...
by dirk the piper
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Bending tubes
Replies: 47
Views: 35434

Re: Bending tubes

After reading the question on how best to sand the outside of bent tubes, I began to wonder about the stretch marks I tend to get on the outside of the brass on the bend. Bill, you have described this as an "orange-peel effect." That's a good description, I think of what must be stretch marks. My qu...
by dirk the piper
Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Making a quieter reed?
Replies: 22
Views: 9928

Re: Making a quieter reed?

Yes, sorry about the misleading terminology. I was not being careful enough to avoid repeating some language that I had heard somewhere about acoustic theory that I don't yet fully understand. I think that my real approach has been more empirical. Since I have an idea of the tone, tuning, and volume...
by dirk the piper
Thu Dec 10, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Reeds and Pipemaking
Topic: Wood dimensions for pipemaking
Replies: 5
Views: 2490

Re: Wood dimensions for pipemaking

Hmm. Well, I guess that underlines the importance of checking our sources. I will endeavor to do a better job of that myself from now on. I guess it really hasn't worked out for me to use a cutting list, so far. Though I initially liked the idea of making a cutting list, the reality is that the sour...