To make a great bong, you need to remember a few things. First - youíll want to make sure your bong will host a few people. Sure itís great passing around a bong while one person takes a haul at a time. But itís far better to have bong that can handle more than one person at a time. This ensures that tokes can be made by anyone at anytime.
Secondly, youíre going to want it to look kick ass. You can buy big fancy glass ones. Ones that look like your favorite cartoon characters Ė such as Homer Simpson. Heck, you can even buy a bong that looks like Billy Clinton. The bong youíre about to make is going to be far better than anything you can buy at your ordinary head shop.
First we need to take a look at how a bong works. Hereís an example:
Basically you put the weed in the bowl at the top. When you suck on the hose or tube at the right, it draws from the pot, which then travels down the stem from the bowl. When this smoke leaves that straw, itís underwater. Supposedly the water filters out some of the harshness, and eliminates some other things as well. Crap, Iím not a scientist.
Now to make your kick ass bong, youíre going to need a really big water holding device. Now, because this is going to be your main feature, youíll want to make sure itís wickedness is unsurpassed.
The object you decide to use doesnít need to be waterproof either. I know that youíre thinking thatís stupid Ė but itís not. You can waterproof whatever you decide is the best device. Iím sure youíve seen people make aquariums out of old computer monitors, well this is like that. Except less fish and more marijuana.
For the purpose of this guide, weíre going to use a VCR. Yes, thatís right, a VCR bong. The advent of DVD players has pretty much made the VCR a useless piece of equipment. I donít use mine anymore. Why not make that old VCR into the greatest bong of all time.
Youíll want to take all the crap out of the object youíre turning into a bong. In our case, youíll want to rip out all the parts that make the VCR go. These parts will be hazardous to your waterproofing efforts. Try not to wreck any of the outside parts while removing the insides. You donít want to ruin the look of your new bong.
Once the inside is cleaned out, youíll want to file down any edges and points that are left on the inside. Once again, it can be damaging to your waterproofing efforts. Just use a standard workshop file. Once youíve filed, cover whatís left of the sharp points with duct tape. Use duct tape to cover anything that could possibly puncture a bag Ė not that weíre using a bag, itís just better to be extra safe.
Youíll need to line your bong with cardboard now. I know that the edges were filed, but if this bong is as great as it should be, youíll want it to last a while. Make sure the cardboard is attached well. You also donít want to have any unsightly edges hanging out of the casing Ė appearance is everything.
The more complicated portions of bong creation start now. The base portion that actually holds the water in a manner that you need it to occur is difficult to come by. If you look back up at my example of how a bong works, you need a water holding object that doesnít leak, and meets the requirements. This is where a bag wouldnít work. A bag wouldnít be able to keep water coming out the hole youíre sucking on.
The best device is a sealable container Ė like Tuperware. It comes in many shapes and sizes, and seals up quite nicely. Supposedly air-tight. Donít go cheap on this either. If you get something that doesnít seal, youíre just wasting your time. Make sure itís a solid purchase. AIR-TIGHT.
Then you need to make Holes in the lid to insert the hoses or tubes into, and the pipe bowl mechanism. Just like this:
Make sure you insert the hoses just a little ways in, and the pipe so itís just about touching the bottom. You can use just about anything for the hoses, but I highly recommend the little tubes they use for IV needles. Theyíre perfect for the job. Youíll want to seal the base of the tubes with a putty of some sort. Heck, even window caulking works.
You might as well test your water holding device at this point just to make sure it works well. Light up a bowl, and give a good haul. Make sure itís working right. Nothingís worse than a bong that you suck water in to your mouth with, or one thatís not airtight, and you get more fresh air than youíd like.
If everythingís in place, youíll need to modify the VCR case. Drill holes in the appropriate places. If everything goes well, you should be able to slide the cover back on, and just have the hoses and pipe sticking out. And there you have it. Youíve just built a great bong. And when you take it for a test drive, give me a jingle.