Football Frame

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Project by warrenkicker posted 03-08-2010 05:53 PM 1511 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While at work one day I notice a pallet that had some very unusual wood in it. I had never really studied wood for its grain before but this one caught me offguard. The pallet was made of oak I could tell and as it turned out this was a large crotch and all of the boards in the pallet were sequential pieces cut from the same log. I got 5 or 6 boards with this crotch that day and decide something had to be built from them as they were quite attractive but I really didn’t have much of them. Also this was a pallet and it had weathered outside for much of its life so there were some shrinkage problems. It is a “white” oak as there are only the two families of oak: red and white. There are many species in both but two basic categories.

I decided that my son, who wasn’t quite 2 at the time, needed a boy frame for his room and thought a football would be good. But instead of just making a football in profile I would make life difficult for myself and turn the ball slightly to add some interest. So the basic “leather” part of the ball is the oak from the pallet and the white stripes and the lacing is old maple flooring. The finish is just poly.

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 06:44 PM

Very cool indeed, and great save on the wood!

What are you going to do with the rest of the wood?

How big is this frame?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 03-08-2010 11:11 PM

I don’t know yet what I am going to do with the rest. I just looked today and saw I have 3 boards left with good crotch grain.

The frame is 8 1/2” long and 5 1/4” tall with a 3 1/2” opening for pictures.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 04:02 AM

The curves of the cuts. It gives it a real 3D look. Well done.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 08:44 PM

Great Idea….I am sure it will be cherished for a lifetime!

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