Introduction: Easy Wooden Pipe You Can Make in Hours!
Hello my good friends I have brought to you a way to make a beautiful wooden pipe with ease.
Step 1: Design and Rough Cut
I know its tempting to just start cutting the wood but its good to have a design so you know where you going with your piece. Draw a couple of sketches on some paper and when you think you got it, transfer it to your wood. This was my design after I cut it. notice how i drew the bowl at a sharp angle? This allows the pipe to stand upright when its hanging your mouth.
after you design it give your pipe a rough cut around the general area you made with your maker. don't cut right on the line leave your self some room. It helps to leave it angler for when you cut it in half.
Step 2: Cut It in Half
Next you need get your band saw or hand saw and slice your pipe right down the middle. Once you have your two halfs route out the center on both sides. Make sure you leave an edge at least and 1/8 of an inch for glue all the way around. This step is primarily for the STEM ONLY. if you try to dig out the bowl now it will get screwed up and wont be even. We do this because it would be difficult to drill out that curve with drill bits, so if you make two halfs and cut semi circles the possibilities are endless!
Once you have finished and sanded the insides smooth, dampen one side, spread wood glue, and clamp the pieces together for at least 12 hours depending on the glue. I believe the glue used sets in 3 hours and cures in 24. This is not a step you want to rush, for you will be putting a lot of stress on the wood when you round it. In the mean time you can work on the mouth piece.
(sorry no pictures, I forgot to snap them for this step. Look for an update soon:)
Step 3: Mouth Piece
First you will need to drill a hole for the mouthpiece directly in the center of your dowel. Make it long enough so that you have an extra inch or two to work with. Once you drill the hole flip the dowel around(hole side down) and clamp it into the drill press.
Because I don't own a lathe, I stuck the dowel into the drill press itself like an other bit and turned the wood vertically. Feel free to get creative there is no going wrong with this step as long as you don't cut into the mouthpiece.
Look at the second to last picture. If you want your hole deeper, you can get a hand clamp and pinch the 1/8 inch drill bit and carefully push it upwards. Also! very important make sure you taper the top section so you can fit your mouthpiece into the stem.
Step 4: Drill the Bowl Hole
Get a good clamp or vice to hold the pipe while you drill your holes. Because the wood is joined by glue it helps if you start with a small bit and walk up to a bigger one. Drill down into the bowl until you meet the passageway you routed with the dremel.
Step 5: Rough Out the Piece
take a burred wooden bit and begin to shape the pipe it helps to start with the stem and work towards the bowls.
Step 6: Drill the Mouthpiece Hole and Attach
Step 7: Sand, Oil, Finish, Smoke!
Once the glue for the mouthpiece has dried, you can start to mend the top of the stem to the mouthpiece. Careful when sanding not to mess up the mouthpiece.
Warning: DO NOT, PUT ANY FINISH, OILS OR STAINS IN OR AROUND THE EDGE OF THE BOWL, THEY ARE TOXIC ENOUGH TO BREATH LET ALONE SMOKE. DONT BE STUPID.
If your want feel free to add a carb hole on the side. That way you can take individual hits with ease and clear the condensed smoke from within. Personally, I like to let my herbs cherry when it comes to dry pieces, but I might add a hole later if need be. If your hole is too big throw a screen in there so you avoid getting ash or what I call Scooby Snacks in your mouth.
Have fun, smoke the green don't lean, toke don't choke,
Thanks for reading