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The smoking pipe has been around for ages. It is a very popular item and comes in many different styles from "The Gambler" to "The Churchwarden". I made a pipe just for the fun of another DIY out in the workshop. But, I do not smoke. There are plenty of ways to make a pipe. You could turn one on the lathe in two separate pieces and then fit them together, or you might want to carve it out of Briar wood and then just drill your way through from the stem to the other end. But, in this easy step-by-step instructable, we will cut two identical pipe shapes out of wood and use a Dremel to carve out the inside and then glue the two halves together.

Step 1: Cut out the pipe

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 Print out the PDF file below on an 8 inch by 11 inch sheet of paper. Cut out the pipe stencil and trace it two times on a piece of wood that is 3/4 of an inch thick. When you trace the pipe, it is very important to make sure that the stem of it is parallel to the wood grain. If you trace it against the wood grain, the stem will be very fragile and will probably break. Next cut out the two pipe shapes. I used my band saw for this, but you could use a jig saw or whatever you have at hand.
 
Tumotar1 year ago

Don´t you think that the glue (if no toxic when smoking) will go away with the heating and you will end with the pieces and the ashes in your hands?

I created my own pipe for smoking and used wood glue. After the first burn, all smell and remnants of the glue will disappear. I used a non-toxic craft glue actually but it holds up just as well

You have to remember that things which are labeled "non-toxic" generally don't cover burning. A non-toxic craft glue can very well be toxic when burnt. This is the case with PVA glues, you don't want to inhale burnt PVA, it's definitely not good for you.

If you want to make an actual smoking pipe go with briar or pear wood and use the tools for the job. There are plenty of styles of pipe you can do even with limited tooling, just takes more determination.

HPandLOTR (author)  Switch and Lever1 month ago

I HAVE SAID THIS LIKE A MILLION TIMES NOW......I AM ONLY USING THIS AS A PROP! IT NEVER EVEN WENT INTO MY MOUTH LET ALONE ACTUALLY LIT!

If you look I was actually not replying or commenting to you or your instructable but to a comment made by someone else. So please, take a chill pill.

So is there any glue that can be used that would be safe?
While there are steaming and bending techniques for curved stems, this type of pipe making would allow a lot more flexibility of design.
Perhaps making the bowl out of one piece and then attaching the stem since the stem has to deal with a lot less heat than the bowl.

HPandLOTR (author)  david.probasco1 month ago

Some sort of non toxic craft wood glue would probably work. I only used this as a prop. it was never even lit so I wasn't worried about staining and gluing

For sure, there are definitely glues that can be used, glues which are meant to be used in high temperature applications, PVA or regular wood glue is not an option there. There are already pipes out there which are made from composite materials, such as Brylon which is essentially just wood dust and nylon bound together, or the Stiff pipe which is a plastic pipe.

However, as I've only bothered with making pipes using proper materials I have never actually researched what exact adhesive to use when fixing or making pipes. So unfortunately I cannot give you any names.

HPandLOTR (author)  Tumotar1 year ago

Well, like I said, I do not plan on smoking this pipe. But I've done a little research and watched a few other videos and tutorials on how to do this and a lot of them use wood glue. Thanks :)

good job....nice work...
HPandLOTR (author)  jimmitchell19431 month ago

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HPandLOTR (author)  Gunpipeleather1 month ago

hahahaha where did you get treated wood from? I never said anything about treated wood. this was just a random common board. My own safety is my own concern. Your safety is your own concern. If you think anything in this tutorial is dangerous, then just don't do it. There is no need to tell me how to do my job. Enjoy the fruit!

rozzy!1 year ago
Really nice work. I read the comments re: toxicity of the stain, glue, etc. (and I thought the same thing when I viewed those sections). Of course, the staining/finishing could be avoided altogether, and I bet you could modify the joining of the two parts in such a way that you avoid chemicals...perhaps you'll come up with a cool variation of this to address that? I would definitely love to see it. Thanks for sharing!
HPandLOTR (author)  rozzy!1 month ago

UGGHHHHH.......I have said this a million times..........I ONLY AM USING THIS AS A PROP.........IT NEVER EVEN WENT INTO MY MOUTH OKAY. IF I WANTED SOMETHING FOOD SAFE I WOULD HAVE TURNED A PIPE ON MY LATHE AND FINISHED WITH MINERAL OIL.

maybe he could use brass rods. that would make a fine/interesting looking pipe :)
IvanK6 made it!2 months ago

Made it out of olive wood.

Thanx for the instructions and especially the template.

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HPandLOTR (author)  IvanK61 month ago

wow! Very classy! Love that curly grain! No problem!

very nice

i like the ones with stem:

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