Upcycled Bowling Alley Table for World Champion Boxer

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Project by Paul Mayer posted 04-25-2019 08:35 PM 1128 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was honored to build a table to support Mike Evgen (world famous “Rice Street Rocker” and former Welterweight champion of the world) and his vision to provide a positive environment for local youth of the Rice Street area of St. Paul where I grew up. Mike is converting an old bowling alley into a boxing gym, and so I used a chunk of bowling alley wood as the table top. I laser engraved the gym’s logo into the top, engraved Mike’s name into the front panel, and added some inlayed walnut dots to look like the original bowling alley. The section of wood that I used was actually from the landing area where bowlers sit and drink beer, rather than the alley itself where the ball is rolled, so it was about half the thickness (1.25” vs. 2.5”), so I doubled up on the end to give it a heftier appearance. These sections were MUCH easier to work with than the thicker chunks. I enjoyed the project but this wood was so full of nails, and they were randomly placed (I went through a few circular saw blades), it introduced some challenges.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#1 posted 04-25-2019 09:38 PM

A very nice “wood rescue”.

Also a fine idea also!


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#2 posted 04-26-2019 01:19 PM

I’m all in for recycling wood for a new purpose. A quality job with a great story.

-- Imitating is the best form of flattery

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#3 posted 04-26-2019 07:53 PM

Great “Re-use” for the flooing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 04-27-2019 02:11 AM

Hey Paul,

Nice piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 04-27-2019 01:11 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Paul Mayer,

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