Truncated Icosahedron or a Soccer Ball

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This is a Truncated Icosahedron or a Soccer Ball or a Carbon 60 atom, take your pick. It is made by joining 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons. The pentagons are mitered at 18.6887 deg. The Hexagons have alternating miters of 18.6867 and 20.9052 deg. Where a Pentagon is adjacent to a Hexagon the miters match, 18.6867 deg. on each side. Where a hexagons are adjacent to another hexagon the miter likewise match at 20.9052 deg.

This is a difficult object to build because the miters on the hexagons alternate. That is difficult to do and keep all the edge lengths exactly the same, or within a tolerance of +/- .005. When building these objects errors are additive.

The wood is Padauk, Maple and Walnut.

Hamp Stevens

-- Hamp, St. Simons Island, GA

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 11:52 AM

Incredible project! My such project was dissaster! Awesome wood combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-14-2018 12:34 PM

Amazing, i wouldnt evan know where to begin.

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 01:20 PM

With those dimensions, my hat is off to you and I stand in awe

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 02:03 PM

This is fantastic. Do you have video of the build? I get the angles, although my equipment isn’t capable of such accuracy. I get the stapler to clamp the pieces but I need to see it. I don’t know if everyone gets how accurate this has to be. If any single component is off by a fraction it won’t work. I’m very impressed.

-- Kayvon

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 03:37 PM

They way you set miters on a table saw to this kind of precision is simple. You draw the angle you want on a block in a program like AutoCad. Then get someone with an accurate CNC router to cut out that set up block. Take the setup block and square it against a miter gauge. Then simply tilt to table saw blade into the set up block until you cannot see daylight. Wa-la..

-- Hamp, St. Simons Island, GA

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#7 posted 04-14-2018 06:15 PM

how much does this ball weigh?

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#8 posted 04-15-2018 01:29 PM

I admire the ones which can make this.


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#9 posted 04-15-2018 04:01 PM

Irtamos asked what this object weights?? It is hollow and has a wall thickness of approx 5/8”. It is approx. 10” in diameter. Weight is about 3-4 pounds.

I have now posted several of these types of objects.. Using the right tricks and techniques a woodworker or wood turner of moderate skill could build one. It ain’t rocket science or brain surgery !!

Anyone who wants to build one, please contact me. Email me at [email protected]


-- Hamp, St. Simons Island, GA

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