Golf Ball Marker Plaques

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Project by jfk4032 posted 08-01-2014 11:36 AM 3331 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife finally decided to take up golf four years ago, I was excited about the opportunity to play together not only in the area, but when we take vacations. She’s hooked and actually plays more than I do now!

At the time she started playing I started to collect golf ball markers from the courses we played together and these plaques are what I came up with to display these. The plaques are made up of laminated resawed planks, the top one is black walnut with cherry in the middle and the bottom one is mahagony with black walnut in the middle. The black walnut plaque is for us and the mahagony plaque we’ll raffle off at next year’s Cancer Rally at our club.

I also tried router inlaying for the first time. The kits for this are inexpensive and the results for a simple oval were impressive for a novice at doing this. I also wanted to make a real golf ball part of this, so I created a jig to safely cut a golf ball in half. I mounted some scrap 2×4 pieces onto my lathe and scooped out a depression to snuggly fit roughly half of a golf into each side. There is a small supporting strip of wood that I sandwiched between the two ball holders held together with a screw. After a couple of old used balls as practice, I was able to safely and accurately slice a golf ball in half on the bandsaw. I sanded down some wood tees in half lengthwise and then cut those into two pieces for each of the cross-hatched tee pattern.

I then laid out the hole pattern to drill some stop depth holes for the rare earth magnets to be set into. I was careful to make sure they stood proud a bit so you could more easily remove individual markers from the plaque when wanting to. I used two part epoxy to glue in the magnets, the golf ball and tees and the scroll cuts of our monogram letters. I used holly and black walnut for the letters.

I finished the plaques with a coating of pure Tung oil and then a half dozen coats of Deft satin spray with steel wool rub downs on the last several coats. I strung some picture hanging wire with the appropriate hardware on the backside for easy hanging.

This was a fun quick project that wound up using most of the machines in my shop at some point of its production.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 01:33 PM

I like this great job and thanks for showing!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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Ron Ford

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 01:36 PM

It is more accurate to call your pieces ‘wood art’ than ‘wood projects’.

Beautiful as always!!! Thanks for sharing.


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#3 posted 08-01-2014 01:55 PM

This is a nice project and is perfect for a collection like that.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-01-2014 03:12 PM

What a great way to keep the memories of the courses the both of you played. Beautiful plaques Joel.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 08-01-2014 03:33 PM

Very cool. Always good to have a “together” thing also.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Gregg M.

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 07:32 PM

Nice. Thanks a neat project…especially for golfers. I recognize some of the courses from Myrtle Beach SC.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#7 posted 08-01-2014 07:39 PM

Yup Gregg, it seems every East Coast golfer has got to plan on some Myrtle Beach golf trips now and then! Some many courses there, so little time (and money).

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#8 posted 08-02-2014 01:25 AM

Cool Idea. They look GREAT.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 08-15-2014 07:47 PM

Very Nice job on these. But just think of all the Wasted Tme on a Golf Course that could have been put to good use in the Work Shop.

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