Side project #2: Flag project time filler

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 04-22-2014 02:46 AM 1321 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The main project currently in my shop is my nesting tables. My wife and I have them stained. I working on varnishing. I’m using a wipe-on poly before assembly. It is time consuming and I can only do a few of the parts at a time. So, while I’m between coats, I’ve been puttering around with a side project.

I saw this at a restaurant. It is an American flag made out of painted baseballs. I thought I’ll make a smaller version using ping pong balls. I found cheap balls online. They are not regulation, they are beer pong balls. I bought 3 gross.

This is the piece of birch ply I’ll build it on.

Here is a closer shot of the layout. I used a mechanical pencil. This is based on advice I’ve received on LJs. It did work better than a sharpened pencil.

After the board is laid out I drill with a 1/2” brad point bit. This is for an accurate start.

Next I’ll clean out the holes with a Forstner bit.

And Here is how the balls will fit in.

312 holes needed. This is a good filler project that I can pick up and put down without any fuss. I’m testing how to glue the balls in place. I know this really isn’t a wood working project but it is fun and it keeps me out of the tavern.


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#1 posted 04-22-2014 03:09 AM

cool idea, I have a student looking into making a flag out of mini baseball bats… I’ll have to mention this to him as an alternative.

Anything that keeps you out of the bars is normally a good thing, especially for a married man…

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 05-17-2014 11:17 AM

Very cool idea. Looking forward to the finished flag.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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