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(Westword)   We couldn't decide if these homemade bongs (read: death traps) were awesome or terrifying -- so we went with both   (blogs.westword.com) divider line 53
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2013-01-07 12:58:40 PM  
My biggest makeshift was a 5-gallon Ozarka jug that we turned into a massive waterfall in college for a party. Put a bowl up top that held over a gram, filled it up with water, unplugged the bottom (drilled a hole then corked it with a wine cork) and watched the entire thing fill with smoke. Ended up with over 25 hits between all the people there.

My best one was using a glass drill bit to drill into the top of a tequila bottle shaped like a pistol:
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Put a metal stem/bowl into it, secured it with heat resistant glue, and then hit it at the end of the barrel. I did not use tequila as the liquid though, that would just be wasteful.
 
2013-01-07 02:28:35 PM  
Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?
 
2013-01-07 02:37:02 PM  
The Chemistry Department at a Major University offers a class called Chemical Glass Blowing. It was awesome. A typical final project that demonstrated skill was a handmade bong.

I made a condenser.
 
2013-01-07 04:13:41 PM  
I know it's trashy but I do love making homemade bongs and bowls. Made one from an Easter egg and a funnel once. My pride and joy was the giant soap bottle with a stainless steel slide that you could shotgun yourself with.
 
2013-01-07 04:14:50 PM  
Having grown up as a tragically un-hip nerd in the 80's I have no idea why any of these are funny or dangerous, or ingenious for that matter.


oh well....
 
2013-01-07 04:15:22 PM  
empty plastic shipping tube. 6 feet.

/mean as jesus
 
2013-01-07 04:15:54 PM  
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Thurgood Jenkins: The MacGyver smoker is a very handy guy to have around, especially when it comes to reefer.
McGayver Friend: Hey, man, we're out of papers.
McGayver Smoker: All right. Then get me a toilet paper roll, a corkscrew and some tin foil.
McGayver Friend: We don't have a corkscrew.
McGayver Smoker: All right. Then get me an avocado, an ice pick and my snorkel.
McGayver Smoker: [Friend looks at him funny] Trust me, bro. I've made bongs with less. Hurry up!
 
2013-01-07 04:15:59 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?


My friend tells me that glass "water pipes" retail for $150-500.
Cost of materials: $25
Insert MATH here: _____
 
2013-01-07 04:16:09 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?


I'm sure he won't complain.

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2013-01-07 04:16:49 PM  
A coconut, a snorkel, a magic marker, and silly putty
 
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2013-01-07 04:18:33 PM  
Keyboard vacuum?
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Who do they think they're kidding?
 
2013-01-07 04:19:12 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?


I've been told by an informed source, it takes about 15 minutes to make a $60 pipe.
Let this information dictate your position on the matter.

/bonus: informed source is looking into glass-blowing classes, sort of a continuing-adult-education thing.
 
2013-01-07 04:20:20 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?


My supplier on liquor that may not have been taxed(nudge nudge wink wink) is a glass blower by trade and has a still made entirely of glass
 
2013-01-07 04:27:25 PM  
I may not be any sort of Einstein when it comes to this sort of thing - my trademark in college was rather wasteful giant 4-paper "big kahunas" - but I think #2 is a dual-action vaporizer. It looks like you blow into it to charge it (inflate the balloon with vapor) and then inhale to take it in. Totally unnecessary and overly complicated, but I am guessing that was the point.
 
2013-01-07 04:28:54 PM  
Happy 4:20pm.
I'm late? Sorry... Preoccupied going through recyclables for potential bong parts while high.
 
2013-01-07 04:29:09 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Having grown up as a tragically un-hip nerd in the 80's I have no idea why any of these are funny or dangerous, or ingenious for that matter.


oh well....


When you heat plastic it gives off all sorts of nasty vapors. Bongs where plastic becomes hot = bad.
 
2013-01-07 04:30:34 PM  

Odd Bird: Tr0mBoNe: Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?

I've been told by an informed source, it takes about 15 minutes to make a $60 pipe.
Let this information dictate your position on the matter.

/bonus: informed source is looking into glass-blowing classes, sort of a continuing-adult-education thing.



There's a guy who sets up shop at one of the local disc golf courses, he brings a padded briefcase full of handblown glass pipes. He'll regularly sell out in the course of an afternoon.
 
2013-01-07 04:46:12 PM  
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Even with the diagram, I can't figure this farking thing out.

That's because he's been smoking so long his brain is as smooth as a bowling ball. There's a molex connector that connects a standard desktop power supply to the transformer which drops the voltage and ups the amperage and outputs to a bare wire in the bowl. The bare wire heats the bud or the hash which vaporizes and is blown down through the water trap and into the balloon by exhaling into the mouthpiece and following the blue arrows. The balloon fills with cool, smooth smoke and by inhaling on the same mouth piece you draw it out. Presumably you get as much inhaled as you'd previously exhaled. It also conserves the bud/hash by only using what is vaporized when the wire is heating it and not what is used up in burning like a joint
 
2013-01-07 04:47:37 PM  

JesseL: Tr0mBoNe: Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?

I'm sure he won't complain.

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I don't care what kind of piece you blow... just blow it... *CROAK*
 
2013-01-07 04:50:11 PM  
This was our pride back in college:

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Nicknamed "Slow Child"

Removed the flag he was holding, set the bowl there and ran piping down to the middle and filled the insides with water... hit from the top of the head. Good times.
 
2013-01-07 04:51:18 PM  
I used to have an original super soaker that got dismantled. We used the water bottle and some of the hoses. It was hooked up to a foot pumped inflatable raft air pump.

You would hold the water container in your hand and work the pump with your foot. The pump would pull the hit when it expanded and then you would push down on the pump with your foot to have it push the hit.

We also had a n 8 footer in college that we would pull and then use a nitrous charge to push it.
 
2013-01-07 04:52:53 PM  
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...just keep your booger hook off the bang switch.
 
2013-01-07 04:56:48 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Having grown up as a tragically un-hip nerd in the 80's I have no idea why any of these are funny or dangerous, or ingenious for that matter.


Don't worry - I came in for the same reason. My smoking days were joints, as god intended, so I was a bit lost as to how these were death traps - glad to see someone answered that for us.
 
2013-01-07 04:59:14 PM  
 
2013-01-07 05:01:13 PM  
I had a neighbor once that had one of these suckers...
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2013-01-07 05:09:22 PM  
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Should I not have done that?
 
2013-01-07 05:09:47 PM  
Where's the bong made with a bear shaped honey jar? How about a shampoo bottle bong that made it taste like shampoo no matter how much you rinsed it out? No paper towel and foil zoom tubes?
 
2013-01-07 05:11:44 PM  
Am I the only one who laughed at ?? for #2? I mean, it could be the wee- Oh ho ho... ALMOST got me there, smart guy.
 
2013-01-07 05:12:34 PM  
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*glogglogglurgblogglob*
 
2013-01-07 05:17:16 PM  
Had one like this.
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2013-01-07 05:17:25 PM  
A favorite quote from my youth that still makes me chuckle:

"Hold on, let me get the GOOD can!" Son, you're smoking weed out of a crushed soda can, there is no "good" can.
 
2013-01-07 05:25:55 PM  

rightylefty: I had a neighbor once that had one of these suckers...
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The pull of a lifetime.
 
2013-01-07 05:29:24 PM  
I love you guys!

/Weirdest thing I ever smoked out of: cheese.
 
2013-01-07 05:35:38 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: rightylefty: I had a neighbor once that had one of these suckers...
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The pull of a lifetime.


Wow! I think I might have nightmares now...
 
2013-01-07 06:04:27 PM  

rightylefty: I had a neighbor once that had one of these suckers...
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Heh I got one of those! That exact model. It'll punch you right in the face. And be sure to close your eyes as the smoke will kill 'em! It is really cool watching it fill up and the smoke slowly rise above your eye-level though.

/I named mine Agent Orange Kush
 
2013-01-07 06:18:29 PM  
In college, a friend of mine had access to the optics department machine shop. The two bongs he made were named 'Fat Man' and 'Little Boy'. The latter was fairly conventional, albeit a bit taller than normal.

Fat Man lived up to its name. The height of a normal '70s acrylic bong, instead of being the typical 2" in diameter, it was a bit over 3". Given the relationship between volume and diameter, this translated to a volume of smoke which no one could finish in one pull, though many tried. You could tell from outside his room when this happened by the 5 minute coughing fit rapidly following the failed attempt.

It had one other design feature: Instead of sitting on a narrow diagonal tube which pierced the main tube, the bowl sat on a narrow vertical tube, which went straight down into the base. The base was a sandwich with the smoke channel milled into one of the pieces. Very trick to look at, but not practical - if you let off your draw too quickly, water would pop right up the bowl tube.

One other somewhat CSB: Senior year, a friend's younger brother ran a head shop out of his room. Students could run small businesses out of their rooms, with university approval. His shop was on the official "approved" list.

/Things were different in the 70s.
 
2013-01-07 06:39:18 PM  
Actually, awesome is sort of terrifying.

We've kind of diluted the word 'awesome' to simply denote cool stuff. Awesome is something so mind-numbingly terrifying and beautiful without words. Awesome is what the US soldiers saw when they threw the first nuclear bombs. Awesome is when the Russians launched the first artificial satellite into space.
 
2013-01-07 06:46:08 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Is "making bongs" a good enough reason to go into the glass blowing trade?


read up on how many years you apprentice under horrible conditions before you move forward into a miserable conditions job first. serious. miserable, dangerous.
 
2013-01-07 06:47:09 PM  

CygnusDarius: Actually, awesome is sort of terrifying.

We've kind of diluted the word 'awesome' to simply denote cool stuff. Awesome is something so mind-numbingly terrifying and beautiful without words. Awesome is what the US soldiers saw when they threw the first nuclear bombs. Awesome is when the Russians launched the first artificial satellite into space.


www.explosm.net
 
2013-01-07 07:20:08 PM  
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BONG!
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BONG!
BONG!
BONG!
BONG!
BONG!
BONG!

It's 10 o'clock!
 
2013-01-07 07:31:17 PM  
Empty 20oz bottle,empty ink pen,metal bowl from a broken bong and there ya go.
 
2013-01-07 07:31:30 PM  
I worked at a gold mine in Alaska during the summer of 2011, where it was pretty common to dig pleistocene animal bones from. They found several woolly mammoth tusks, and sold the ones that were in good enough shape. The MacGuyver of the crew there took a hunk of one of the remainders, carved about 6 little pipes out of the ivory, and I got one! It's not really that great to smoke out of, but damn! A (roughly)30,000 year old woolly mammoth tusk pipe! I only hit it a couple times, and put it away for safe keeping.
 
2013-01-07 07:41:20 PM  

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Who do they think they're kidding?


Ah the old motorcycle.
 
2013-01-07 08:08:25 PM  
A friend of mine from college had an infamous piece made from a pair of paint cans and an oxygen mask. I never had the opportunity to try it, but I'm told it was... intense, to say the least.
 
2013-01-07 08:15:26 PM  
I worked in a ummm "medical herbal supply" store. People would come in with pictures of truly astonishing home-made happyfunsmoke devices. Someone should begin photos for a coffee table book.
 
2013-01-07 08:59:26 PM  
Necessity is the Mother of Invention thread!
Used a hollowed out apple as a pipe a few times..
 
2013-01-07 09:12:10 PM  
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I'll just put this here, let your imagination run away with it.

// pleads the 5th
// drinks a 5th
 
2013-01-07 09:36:35 PM  
I made one out of a half gallon Jim Beam bottle, that had an extra long hose so it could be kept on the front seat of a car and just pass the hose around! That was the hardest thing to hit (small diameter hose) after several bowls cause you needed to have good lungs to really get it going and when you got tired...well ...suck harder fool!!!

Also figured out a way to put joints in a Super Soaker water tank and all you needed to do was get a sucker to pump it and give everybody hits! The poor person pumping sometimes did not get any, hence the "Sucker"!
 
2013-01-07 09:45:03 PM  
I have a friend who turned bong-making into a career. He's a well-regarded maker of arty glass smoking devices now. When I lived with him he was just a ski bum... good times.
 
2013-01-07 10:05:34 PM  
- I once made one from a maple tree tumor, a thimble, a waxed cord, bees wax, and a chicken bone. I was forever thereafter known as 'chicken bone' by that crew. /CSB
 
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