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How to Make a Wooden Smoking Pipe

Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Smoking Pipe

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

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.


Step 2: Drilling the Bowl

You will need a 13/16 drill bit, a drill press (a drill would work, too, but it might not come out as good), and a C clamp. Line up the two halves of the pipe and clamp them together at the bottom. Next, draw a straight line from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Draw another line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Where the two lines intersect is where you are going to drill your hole. Put your 13/16 drill bit in your drill press and drill so that the point on the bit will go straight into the center of the pipe bowl. Go down an inch and stop there.

Step 3: Dig Out the Airway

I have attached an image above. It is a diagram of the pipe airway that you should carve. Copy this onto your pipe cutouts so that when you put the to halves together, the drawing of the airway is on the inside. Use a dremel or a rotary tool to carve this out. don’t go down to deep in the stem. Once you are done with the carving, line up the two halves of your pipe so that the airway is on the inside. Put your lips to the end of the stem and blow. If you could blow through it easily then you are ready to move on to the next step. If not, then keep carving until you can.

Step 4: Glue the Two Halves Together

Take out some strong wood glue and dab a little bit in the blank spots where you haven’t carved anything and put a LITTLE LITTLE bit on the stem because when you put the two halves together, the glue will want to seep into the airway and block it up. Clamp the two halves together or put them in a vice for a few hours. Once it is completely dry, take it out of all the pressure and blow pretty hard into it. If you could blow through, then you’re ready to move on. If not, then place the tip of a flathead screwdriver on the seam where the halves met and tap the top of the screwdriver with a hammer to split them apart. Sand all the glue off and carve the airway a little deeper, and then try to glue them together again.

Step 5: Cut Out the Stem

You could use a hack saw for this or a band saw. I chose the hack saw because I have a little more control over it. Mark a line down each side of the stem, showing where you want to cut. Make sure to widen it at the end where you will blow through. A wider stem will fit more comfortably in one’s mouth. Put your pipe into a vice and tighten it around the bottom. Carefully, cut down each line you drew. If you are using a hack saw, cut in from the side to the point where you stopped cutting on the pencil line. This will let the hack saw turn more freely.

Step 6: Sand the Stem

Use a dremel or rotary tool to carve the corners off of your stem. Keep carving your stem until you think it looks good. Use some 80 grit sandpaper and just sand the stem a little bit. Move up to some finer 150 grit sandpaper and sand the stem some more. Keep moving up in grits until you get to about 500 grit.

Step 7: Carving and Sanding the Bowl Section

I put my pipe in a vice and cut off all the corners of the bowl with a hack saw. Be very careful not to cut too deep into the pipe. Once all your corners are cut off, Take some 80 grit sandpaper and sand all of the bowl section. You could sand by hand, but it takes a very long time, so I used my electric DA sander to get the job done. Once I was done with the 80 grit I went to some 150 grit. I started to sand by hand at this point with the 150 grit. Move up through the same grits that you used on the stem.

Step 8: Finishing Your Pipe

I used wood stain to give my pipe a little more character. But do not stain it if you plan on smoking it. Because when you light it, the pipe will go up in flames and burn to ash. Next, I coated it with lacquer. Once again, do not use lacquer, varnish, wood stain, etc. I only used it because I’m not going to actually smoke it. If you are looking for a finish that will not go up in flames, try some mineral oil. Mineral oil is a food-safe finish and could be used to finish a smoking pipe. Dab a little bit of mineral oil onto a piece of 1500 grit and wet sand your whole pipe. Once the entire pipe is wet sanded, polish it off with a rag or paper towel. Now, you are done! Enjoy your new pipe.

How to Make a Wooden Smoking Pipe: 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 plent…

How to Make a Wooden Pipe in 8 Simple Steps

Smoking cannabis from a regular tobacco pipe may either make or break your chance to be satisfied. In many cases, a tobacco pipe does not offer the most potent, efficient, and satisfying way to consume weed. Still, it will be the only solution you have if you don’t have anything else to use.

Cannabis smokers are using pipes for a very long time. According to historians, even the famous William Shakespeare used a pipe to smoke pot with marijuana residue discovered in the excavated pipe from his antique home.

If you don’t want to use rolled papers or any other tool for smoking marijuana, learning how to make a wooden pipe would be a great idea.

Why is a Marijuana Pipe Special?

The basic cannabis pipe doesn’t have physical differences from the tobacco pipe. However, cannabis pipes are often crafted with glass, while regular tobacco pipes can be made with various materials with the bowl pieces that are often made with clay, corncob, briarwood, or meerschaum.

Sometimes, a cannabis pipe is made with ceramic, metal, silicone, bamboo, or wood. Take note that a cannabis pipe must not be made with anything made with aluminum like the aluminum foil. Some users make tiny pipes made with aluminum foil for single use. Aluminum foil is not a good material to use as it can be dangerous for your lungs.

How to Make a Wooden Pipe? Steps to Follow

For this task, the needed materials are the following:

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Dust mask
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood

You can work on any type of wood. However, if cherry wood is available, go for it. Cherry wood is easier to work with. Besides, it looks good.


Step #1: Cut Out Your Pipe

Download a PDF file for making a wooden pipe and print it on a sheet of paper that measures 11 inches by 8 inches. Cut out your pipe stencil, trace it twice on a piece of cherry wood or any other type of wood.

In tracing the pipe, make sure that its stem is corresponding to your wood grain. When you trace the pipe against your wood grain, the stem would be extremely fragile and may even break up. Once done, cut out 2 pipe shapes. You can use either a jigsaw, band saw or anything you have.

Step #2: Drill the Bowl

You’ll need the 13/16 drill bit, C clamp, and a drill press or just a drill if this is the only solution. Line up the 2 halves of your pipe then lock them together on the base.

After that, make a straight line from the upper right angle to the lowermost left angle. Draw a second line from the upper left angle to the lowest right corner. Find the part where these lines intersect. It is where you will drill the hole.

Place the 13/16 drill bit on the drill press and start drilling, making the point on the drill bit go directly in the middle of your pipe bowl. Move downward for an inch and halt.

Step# 3: Locate the Airway

The airway is the pipe’s diagram that you must carve. Copy it on the pipe cutouts. This way, if you put the 2 halves together, the airway sketch will be on the interior. You can use whether a rotary tool or Dremel in craving it. Just make sure you don’t go down further to the stem.

After carving, proceed with lining up 2 halves of the pipe, so this way is on the interior. Give it a try by putting your lips to the stem’s tip and blow. If you can blow over it with ease, you can move to the succeeding step. If you can’t, just keep on carving.

Step #4: Glue the 2 Halves Together

Get a strong glue that works on wood and apply a pea-sized amount on the vacant spots in which you have not carved. Also, put a smaller amount of it on the stalk because if you place the 2 halves together, the wood glue will fail to penetrate the airway and cause a blockage. Clamp the 2 halves together. You can also place them in the vice for a couple of hours or so.

When it dries completely, remove it from the clamp and deeply blow in it. If you can blow over the pipe, then that means the device is ready to use. If not, put the tip of the flathead screwdriver over the seam in which the halves met each other.

Tap the screwdriver’s top by using a hammer to break them apart. Sand all glue off and cut the airway slightly deeper. Try to paste them together for the second time.

Step #5: Cut Out the Pipe’s Stem

Use a hack saw, or even a band saw. Mark the line down on the sides of the stem. Be sure it is wider on the tip where your mouth will blow air. A broader stem fits better in the mouth. With extra care, cut down every line that you drew. If you used a hack, saw, cut from the side going to where you paused cutting on a pencil line.

Step #6: Sand the Pipe’s Stem

Use a rotary tool in carving off the corners of the stem. Keep carving the stem until you’re sure it is good. Use some sheets of 80-grit sandpapers and slightly sand the stem. Continue with finer 150-grit sandpapers and sand further the stem. Keep on moving forward on the grits until you reach 500 grit or even higher.

Step #7: Carve and Sand the Bowl

Cut off the bowl’s corners by using the hack saw. Be careful that you don’t cut too deeply into the pipe. When you’re done with cutting off the corners, get some 80-grit sandpapers and sand the entire bowl.

You can sand by hand, but the job will be time-consuming. If you have an electronic DA sander for this step, then feel free to use it.

Step #8: Finish the Pipe

You can use wood stain in adding some sort of style and class to your pipe. However, don’t do it if you want to use the pipe right away because if you light it up, your wooden pipe would be in flame and burn.

After using wood stain, apply for some coats of lacquer. Again, don’t apply varnish, lacquer, or wood stain if you planned to use the pipe right away. If not, apply those materials and leave at least 2 days or longer until those things dried completely.

If you want a type of finish that wouldn’t be flammable, you can use mineral oil instead. Mineral oil offers a good food-safe texture that can be used in finishing the smoking pipe. Apply a small amount of the mineral oil on 1500-grit sandpaper and wet sand the entire pipe. After that, shine the pipe with a paper towel or rag. Your pipe is now ready to use.


Those are the easy steps to take on how to make a wooden pipe. Hopefully, you enjoy doing each step while making you more excited for the finished product.

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