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How to make a Wooden Pipe out of a Single Piece of Wood

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In this instructable, I'll show you how to make your own tobacco pipe out of a single piece of wood.

NOTE THAT THIS IS A TOBACCO AND SHISHA PIPE ONLY!
I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES BEING SMOKED IN THIS PIPE, OR INJURY RESULTING FROM SMOKING THIS PIPE.

SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOU! DON'T DO IT! NOT FOR USE OF MINORS (UNDER 18 IS PROHIBITED)

For this project you will need:

A piece of wood about 1 inch square by about 4 inches(can be larger if desired.)

A 3/4 inch forstner bit, and faucet screen.

Drill

Belt sander for rough shaping

Sandpaper

Natura oil(NOTE: Do NOT use any other finish but non toxic stuff. Remember you are going to be burning tobbaco in this pipe, so you don't want to burn any other harsh chemicals)

A small drill bit no smaller than 1/8 inch or no larger than 1/4 inch.

Files and rasps for final shaping, and chisels for and detail work.

Japanese saw, or other thin kerf saw.

Clamps and a bench vise
 
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Step 1: Boring the holes: Bowl and stem

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Ok, for the first step you want to bore your bowl.

What you want to do is to bore your bowl, so that its deep enough to hold the tobacco, but not too deep, as the stem will be connected from the bottom of the bowl.

In the 1st image, we see the forstner bit about to bore the bowl hole. Note how I evenly spaced the hole so that the bowl walls will be even. The second image shows the bowl.

Next, you want to bore the stem hole. The placement of the stem is crucial. If you want to make a fancier stem, you can drill diagonally, but make sure that you leave a small amount around the stem, so that the heat dosnt burn your lips. You don't want to drill the stem hole into the side of the bowl, so make sure you have good control with the drill. You can check the depth of the stem hole by inserting the bit till it hits the end of the hole. Then with your finger, place it in the drill bit and the entrance of the hole. Then move it outside the hole and cross-reference your finger position with the outside. See the diagram for more details.
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ringai14 days ago

That's nice. Looking at the pics got me to thinking about making one on the lathe. You can do almost the whole thing (including the diagonal stem hole and bowl) on a lathe if you're comfortable with offset work.

wiccanman824 years ago
now is there any kind of wood that wouldnt be good to smoke out of? awsome ible by the way, im def gonna make a bunch of these
Stick4444 (author)  wiccanman824 years ago
Well, i forgot to mention in the instructable, but you need a species of wood thats REALLY dense and hard, like ash or some tropical woods(be aware of some natural oils in some species) I used cocobolo for a more recent piece, and it works excellently, only problem is, cocobolo is incresingly rare.
Cocobolo is questionable. I worked with it before it has lots of oils in it that cause alergic reactions to most people... The last time i used it, i made a pen. for three days after i had blotchy red marks on my hand... I would stay away from most tropicals unless you know its safe... There is a list somewhere out there. I find briarwood blanks far to expensive and small for the types of pipes i make. And dont make the mistake of buying the whole briar root and think you can make your own blanks. They have to dry it properly before it is concidered fireproof.
Awsome thanks, so i would b safe with cherry or rock maple?
Stick4444 (author)  wiccanman824 years ago
Unfortunatly, no, as they burn REAL easy. That pipe In the instructable burned up pretty badly, but I have another one made from tropical wood that dosnt burn as much. The key is to use very little flame on whatever it is that you're burning.
dubcg Stick44443 years ago
if you get a hard cherry or maple, they should work fine, there are just a couple tricks to it. always light your pipe with a match or piece of wood. using a lighter will likely burn your bowl, because lighters typically burn at a much higher temperature than a match. however, keep in mind that when you use a match, you want to let the sulfur at the tip burn away for a few seconds before lighting your tobacco, otherwise you'll be inhaling sulfur along with your tobacco.
Lol even herb in the bowl. Classy
I like the blocky pipe in step 10! lol
RainDog071 year ago
Why the screen? None of my 30+ pipes have one. Also, briar is the most common wood for pipes, you can get a chunk on the 'net.
Just in case someone borrows it and decides to smoke something other than tobacco.
I think thats a personal choice... Certain types of tobacco would need a screen I would guess.
eyesee1 year ago
Very sophisticated
ilpug1 year ago
Nicely done, just use a very hard wood, or a metal bowl.
x3n0c1dal2 years ago
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aorcutt3 years ago
if you use honey and ashes it creates a nice seal that you wont burn thru google it
reeding3 years ago
I am sick of people telling everyone that they need a drill press to make pipes well. I think if you practice it gets easier to finish them and make them cooler in the end.
Stick4444 (author)  reeding3 years ago
A drill press certainly helps, but like you said, it is an expense that a lot of people reading this instructable cant afford. The beauty part is, that these things are so simple to make, that if you do wreck one, you can easily start another
rust0935 years ago
how does it not burn when you light it?
Stick4444 (author)  rust0935 years ago
You use a dense tropical wood, or a special wax for the bowl
I am NOT a teenager and would like to know what sort of waxes are available.

A message will do fine if you wish to sidestep the minor's comment above or beneath me ;)
Stick4444 (author)  Bradlez923 years ago
Caranuba wax. Thats a food-safe wax that penetrates and protects the wood. Trick is, you have to seal the wood before you use the wax, as it'll just chip off. Seal the wood with a food-safe mineral oil, and you'll be fine.

I've also just finished another type of pipe, made of wood, but utilizing a metal bowl rather than solid wood.
Stick4444 (author)  Stick44443 years ago
on another note, it probably wouldnt be a great idea to coat the inside of the bowl with wax; as soon as you hit it with a flame, it'll melt..
what kind of wax??? im just a teenager with too much time and no money, is such a wax A) cheap B) accesable???
reeding6 years ago
any advice on drilling straight without a drill press?
Try having a friend or two to look at the piece that you're drilling as you do it to keep the alignment right with the block clamped firmly in position. I made a pipe from a solid paver type brick - it ruined the bir, but I had plenty of them at the time. I drilled the stem hole first, then matchrd up the bowl hole to it, then filed the excess away. I cut it out rough with a tile saw.
follow the point and don't shake ;) If you draw a line down the side and the top, drill with little pressure and check both lines frequently. This should go straight enough.
Stick4444 (author)  reeding6 years ago
Not really, you just have to practise. I went through about 5 blanks to get the bowl just right. But I recomend practising on some MDF or plywood for a while And the pipe is so small, its no big deal if you mess it up the first couple of times
cbrown2225 years ago
i made an awesome ipe one
Stick4444 (author)  cbrown2224 years ago
Can I see it? I love looking at other people's work, as it gives me inspiration for some waay cooler stuff!
Hey, thanks for the tips! By the way, what kind of saw did you use exactly?
Stick4444 (author)  BloodSyphon6664 years ago
I used a japanese Dozuki, as it has a MUCH finer cut than a european saw, this just makes the final sanding easier.
lil jon1685 years ago
lol i liked the pipe square
and7barton5 years ago
I made a couple of pipes from bog-oak. You can buy a massive hunk of it in aquarium and pet stores........you can cut a dozen or more pipes from one piece. I bought my stems from Ebay - you'll find people selling old collections of smoked-out pipes and stems. I found it a great help to use NEW drill bits that hadn't been used on metal before. Bog-oak drills and reams out very nicely without grabbing. The wood just flies out as a fine dust. I used an angle-grinder for rough shaping, then finer finishing on a sanding belt unit. I finished off with a polishing mop and wax block and got a glassy finish.
What kind of wood did you use, looks kinda like cherry
hello, being a the owner and head crafts man of Ageth-thyme Pipes. I use a 5/8 spade bit. I also make my pipes with very long stems, with usually a nice arc. up to an arm length long on some orders. kind of like what is seen in lord of the rings. any questions fire away
Stick4444 (author)  ageth-thymepipes5 years ago
Yeah I got a question. How do you make those long pipe stems? I've been racking my brain thinking on how to do it, but The solutions I've come up with just wont fit the bill. How can I make those long stems?
I wont relinquish all. but you must steam bend them, and make them out of 2 pieces with a tunnel bored. it can be very tricky. we needed to build moulds and a steam bender before we could do anything.
tykenfitz6 years ago
OMG this will be great for all my illicit substances!!! lol
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