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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.
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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.
Tumotar10 months 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?

michaelv1 Tumotar8 months ago

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.

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.

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)  Tumotar10 months 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 :)

gabeholden262 months ago

very nice

i like the ones with stem:

rozzy!6 months 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!

I would also put a warning on the beginning that you cant actually smoke out of this pipe. Between the use of treated wood, glue, stain, and lacquer, I would change the title to "making a wooden pipe PROP". The craftsmanship is done very well however.

good job....nice work...