Pipe smoking cabinet

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Project by BobInMidland posted 04-08-2013 06:08 AM 11838 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished this pipe smoking cabinet.

The box is made from oak plywood. The shelves, door frames and moulding are solid oak.

The cabinet holds 36 pipes and utilizes “keyhole” pipe rest design that is slotted through the shelf with a 1 1/2” diameter in the front for the bowl to rest in with a 7/8” diameter at the back to allow the pipe stems from the shelf below to rest on. A space saving design from They were kind emough to include slot dimensions. The pipes are spaced 2 1/2” on center.

The cabinet is 24h x 6 dp x 24w.

The unit has 3 small light bulbs set into the top of the cab and are individually wired based on how much light I want/need.

The last finishing touch I’m thinking of adding is etching on the glass doors.

The key design advantage to the keyhole pipe rest design is that “churchwarden” pipes ( typically 10”-12” long) fit into the cabinet without special accomodations as the stems pass through the slot in the shelf directly above and rest in the back of the slot in the 2nd shelf up. You can still place pipes in the shelves directly above the churchwardens so space is not lost.

I have included a few extra pics showing the keyhole design and practice pane for door etching.

-- Bob Rivet

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 06:21 AM

Very impressive. I have never seen one before.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 06:21 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 10:05 AM

Thank you Monte!

-- Bob Rivet

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 11:39 AM

beautiful display cabinet!

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 12:31 PM

This makes a wonderful cabinet to display your collection of pipes and a good place to keep them safe and clean in between uses. It’s a very attractive cabinet. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 02:36 PM

Looks super, a really unique project.


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#7 posted 04-08-2013 02:47 PM

Great job thank you for sharing this project

-- Todd

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 05:32 PM

Wow, that is really nice. I really like the keyhole design idea.

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 08:03 PM

Gorgeous! I like that your design takes into account churchwardens as well.

Now you need to make a humidor/cabinet for your tobacco. Aromatics or English? I prefer aromatics myself.

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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#10 posted 04-08-2013 08:29 PM

Thanks all, for your comments.

Tim, I have plans to make a lower unit to store pipe tobacco, pipe cleaners, and such. Hope to be starting it soon!

As for pipe tobacco, i smoke aromatics on occasion for something different, but I prefer Virginia’s and Burleys.

-- Bob Rivet

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#11 posted 04-08-2013 09:27 PM

nice cabinet for a nice collection :-)
but they donĀ“t seems to have seen much smoke :-)


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#12 posted 04-08-2013 09:47 PM

very nice!!!

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 04-08-2013 09:54 PM

Thank you Dennis and whitebeast88!

Dennis, I am one of those guys who reams, cleans and buffs my pipes at a frequency some may call obsessive :)

-- Bob Rivet

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#14 posted 04-09-2013 02:50 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. Great job. I have never seen one of these before

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 04-09-2013 08:35 PM

This is great. Good job. I’ve been toying around with making one, but I can’t seem to get a design I like that would accommodate a big o calabash I found in an antique store. The only issue I see with yours is that you built it to what you have, and not leaving a lot of room for expansion. Or maybe I’m just projecting my inability to turn down a good deal on you ;)

What part of the country to you live in? Here in dry dry Denver it’s nearly impossible no matter the method to keep tobacco good for very long.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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