how to make a wooden pipe for weed

How to make a weed pipe with wood in less than 10 minutes

If you have ever seen some of the breathtaking, hand-carved wooden pipes and wondered what it would be like to use one, then now is your chance. Though it won’t have the craftsmanship and manhours that a store-bought version will, this homemade wooden pipe is an excellent way to get a feel of the experience before making an investment, and a really fun DIY project that is perfect for keeping entertained on a cold or rainy day.

The problem with this kind of weed pipe is that it takes some special care in selecting the appropriate piece of wood, and to clean and upkeep such a porous material. Here you will find the best types of wood for smoking pipes, the kinds to stay away from, how to make one, and how to clean a wooden pipe in case you want to use your masterpiece on more than one occasion.

The best types of wood for a weed pipe

  • Briar
  • Oak
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Olive
  • Mesquite
  • Bogwood
  • Pear
  • Rosewood

Kinds of wood to avoid

High density woods like those that are listed above are ideal, but since heat and smoke will always take the path of least resistance, any type of wood will work in a punch, as none should catch fire from regular use. The biggest thing to watch out for is essential when using scrap pieces of wood, as anything pressured or chemical treated can and will make you sick, so be sure that your materials are pure and toxin-free.

How to make a wooden pipe for cannabis

  • Drill
  • Screen
  • Sandpaper
  • Carving knife (optional)
  • 1 fine drill bit
  • 1 larger flat-edged drill bit
  • 1 wood piece (at least one inch by three inches for the best results)

Carve the wood chunk into a shape that fits comfortably into the palm of your hand, leaving enough material to drill through without concern for breaking. If you don’t trust your carving skills or would prefer to skip this step, you can always use a regular block of wood as a pipe, it just isn’t going to have the same grip and feel.

Take sandpaper to all the edges of the wood to avoid slivers and provide a smooth and aesthetically appealing surface.

Use a narrow drill bit that is long enough to reach 2/4 of the way down your wood piece, and tunnel into the material slowly and carefully, until you are satisfied with its depth and width.

Use a flat-tipped drill bit or Dremel to create a bowl hole that aligns with the first tunnel that you’ve created. Once you break through the final layer of wood and both holes are connected, blow through the device to remove any loose bits.

Next, check the draw on your wooden pipe by sucking through the mouthpiece. If there is too much hesitation, and it is difficult to breathe through, then widen the original middle chamber before continuing.

Now you can install the screen on your brand-new weed pipe, and it is ready for use.

How to clean a wooden pipe

  • Pipe cleaner with bristles
  • Alcohol
  • Damp cloth

Run the pipe cleaner through the wooden mouthpiece until dry to dislodge any stuck or hardened pieces of ash.

Next, dip the pipe cleaner into alcohol, and force it through the mouthpiece again, pulling it back and forth several times to brush the insides of the weed pipe.

Blow through the pipe to force anything that remains towards the bowl hole.

Rinse the pipe cleaner, dip it once more in alcohol, and scrub the sides and floor of the bowl, taking care to avoid getting alcohol on the outside of the device.

When you are finished, wipe out the bowl with a damp cloth, and set the weed pipe on a paper towel to dry for at least 24 hours. That will give it enough time to allow the alcohol to completely evaporate before you use it.

How to make a Starburst weed pipe

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes the Starburst weed pipe, a delicious addition to any DIY project collection.

If you have ever seen some of the breathtaking, hand-carved wooden pipes and wondered what it would be like to use one, then now is your chance.

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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