How to Make a Tobacco Pipe Rack

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How to Make a Tobacco Pipe Rack
Display tobacco pipes by using gravity (ratelier et pipe image by dead_account from

Tobacco pipes have long or short, straight or curved stems. Finding a way to display a diverse collection of tobacco pipes is an interesting challenge. One innovative design for a pipe rack uses a straight board or piece of acrylic plate and gravity to hold the pipes in position. Altering the design is easy for more pipes. Add more holes as needed, making sure to place them three inches apart.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 1-inch by10-inch lumber
  • Table saw
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Router
  • Router bit
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Stain
  • Sealer

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  1. 1

    Cut two 12-inch pieces of 1-by-10 lumber. Set one aside.

  2. 2

    Set the table saw blade to a depth of 3/8 inch. Set the rip fence 4 3/8 inches from the blade. Slide the 12-inch base over the blade to begin making a groove to hold the pipe rack display board.

  3. 3

    Move the rip fence out the width of the blade and make another cut. Continue this process until the groove is 3/4 inch wide.

    Pipe Rack

  1. 1

    Router the top and side edges of the pipe rack with the desired router bit.

  2. 2

    Mark the pipe rack board with six marks indicating where to drill. Make a grid pattern of three above three. The horizontal distance between holes is 3 inches and the vertical distance is 2 7/16 inches. Measure from the edge of the board and mark the six positions.

  3. 3

    Use a 15/16-inch or 2.6-cm drill bit and drill the six holes.


  1. 1

    Sand the surface of both boards.

  2. 2

    Place a line of wood glue in the base groove. Insert the pipe rack and clamp until dry.

  3. 3

    Stain and seal the pipe rack. Dry thoroughly before use.

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