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BALL BEARING made of wood
Three years ago, I bought the wooden balls because the idea of making the wooden ball bearing was in my mind since then. Few days ago, I decided to go ahead all the way alone with my dream idea. I have not seen anyone had done that before. I maybe the first woodturner who took the challenge.I may try again to improve it including making the balls next time. 140 mm diameter.

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#1 posted 07-09-2020 02:58 AM

No telling if any other wood worker has tried it, but this is the first I’ve ever seen of it. Very cool! How are you lubricating it, and what kind of wooden machinery are you going to use it in? A giant wooden train?

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 07-09-2020 09:29 AM

Thank you, Dark Lighting, I think wax is the best for lubricating. Any suggestion? And it is not for use. It is Love of self challenge.

-- The Time You Enjoy Wasting Is Not Wasted Time.

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#3 posted 07-09-2020 10:35 AM

Great job!

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#4 posted 07-09-2020 11:09 AM

Thank you, Dark Lighting, I think wax is the best for lubricating. Any suggestion? And it is not for use. It is Love of self challenge.

- Sam Shakouri

This is so cool…
My vote was wax too. Beeswax or maybe some simonize paste in there.
Then again… if it’s not going to be run fast at all or generate any heat maybe no lubrication is necessary. After all they roll not slide right? Sort of like round wooden wheels inside a ring?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 07-09-2020 12:03 PM

Other than the question of speed, I would think that the next question would be how it would wear. Of course tighter grained and denser wood won’t compress and wear as easily, so would make for a better bearing. I too am interested in what kind of machinery this is for, if even just a whirligig.

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#6 posted 07-09-2020 12:56 PM

How was it assembled? Is the outside ring 2 pieces?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 07-09-2020 02:16 PM

Fun. You gotta at least make some sort of kinetic art piece that uses that.

I have seen wooden balls used to make something like a lazy susan that sort of resembles a thrust bearing.

EDIT: if you are going to lubricate with wax, I would use carnuba wax. I think that it dries harder.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 07-09-2020 02:30 PM

very kewl GREAT JOB :<))

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#9 posted 07-09-2020 03:41 PM

That is great!

It would be a nice upgrade for this:

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#10 posted 07-09-2020 05:47 PM

Interesting concept. Do you have any ideas for an application?

For lubrication you might use shuffle board powdered wax….also Crokinole boards use a granular wax. Crokinole is a Canadian table top game….look it up (-: Several Lumberjocks have made them.
If you added some sore of seal (clear plastic maybe so you can still see the balls) it would keep the wax from falling out.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 07-09-2020 10:41 PM

What ABEC rating does it have?

Very cool!!!

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#12 posted 07-10-2020 04:17 AM

That’s really cool!

I’ll bet it wears better than the Chineesium wheel bearings I’m changing out in my VW.

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#13 posted 07-10-2020 01:19 PM

Cool Project!

Am I the only one wondering how big his balls are?

Talking about making the balls next time, I remember seeing them made with a hole saw and a lathe.
Never tried it but it looked easy enough.

I once made a chain “link” fence using 1 foot long links.
I think I could use your bearing and a sprocket and make it work.

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#14 posted 07-11-2020 06:30 AM

Wooden you know it if anybody was capable of constructing these its got to have been our very own Sam.
Sam is the man.

I don’t think enen everybody’s friend Matthias has even ever contemplated them.

They spin me right out! well done! ... an application on LBD Trebuchet plans comes to mind

I think ABEC 3 is in the ball park

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 07-11-2020 11:50 AM


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