Bowling Pins for the Shuffleboard Table

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Project by GaryK posted 10-29-2009 05:36 AM 7071 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little project to warm me up for the oncoming winter.

I got an e-mail from the place that I bought the pucks and wax for my shuffleboard table.
They were selling a set of bowling pins for about $40. I figured that I could make them a lot cheaper. Like for nothing.

I wanted them to all be exactly alike, so with my lack of skills on the lathe, I decided to use my Legacy mill with a following template. You can see it in the fourth picture. In the fifth picture you can see them roughed out. From there I put them on my Jet mini lathe for final smoothing and sanding.

The wood is something called White Limba. I thought I would buy a piece on eBay just to see what it was like. Well, it’s mostly white but has black streaks in it. Basically it sucks. I had a piece of 8/4 so I used it for these.

The third picture shows a little pin setting device I came up with. Makes it a snap.

The design is a scaled down version from a drawing of a 10 pin I found online.

Two coats of water based Poly and they are ready to go. It adds another game to my shuffleboard table.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 05:47 AM

Hey Gary
good to hear from you. Looks like a fun project. It’s good use for wood you want to use up. Even a cool pin setting device. Fun project . Great job a project you did very easily I’m sure.


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#2 posted 10-29-2009 05:48 AM

Very cool. Nice work, Gary!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 05:48 AM

Looks like you are set for long winter nights on the alley ;-)) They truned out great .

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 12:48 PM

looks like your longgggg winter nights are pinned down, great job

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 01:24 PM

This is a pretty neat project, Gary. And the pin setter was an imaginative addition as well.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 04:36 PM


Cool idea for making them all identical! Looks like you and your daughter will have fun “bowling them over”

Nice to read your posts again.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 05:39 PM

Very innovative. Your pin setter reminds me of the rack used on a pool table…....and it sure beats hand setting the pins.

Great job.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#8 posted 10-29-2009 05:56 PM

Nice to see you back with this nice creation.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 10-29-2009 10:12 PM

COOL method…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 12:18 AM


-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 01:25 AM

Excellent work Gary ….. how do you like the Legacy Mill?


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#12 posted 10-30-2009 05:53 AM


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#13 posted 10-31-2009 01:58 AM

I’m not sure is winter in east Texas 3 or is it 4 weeks long ? otherwise very nice.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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