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Project by mel52 posted 02-21-2021 02:09 AM 1861 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had seen this done by a few other LJers on this site and on YouTube. Decided to try it myself. I had some 2X2 inch Poplar that I cut down to 1 3/4” X 1 3/4”, and cut them to five inches in length. I set up a quick jig on my drill press and used a forstner bit to hog out most of the wood and finished it on my osc. spindle sander. The slots are 1 1/4” wide and 3 1/2” in length. Golf balls are 1 7/8” dia. Already gave a couple away and had one destroyed by a weak minded friend of mine trying to force the ball out, didn’t know how it was put in. I tell everyone that there are NO cuts, breaks, glue or anything used to get the ball in. I covered the ball with tape before inserting it in. Then a couple coats of lacquer, 0000 steel wool to buff, then peeled tape off. Since it is sealed, it would be a little harder to get out. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 02-21-2021 02:42 AM

Nice work Mel,
It’s fun to watch people scratching their heads trying to figure out how you got the ball in there. I like your tape idea keeps the ball nice and clean!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 02-21-2021 03:50 AM

Cool build.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 02-21-2021 04:39 AM

Tony, woodbutcher, thanks for the comments. Tony, I found out how tough lacquer is when trying to take tape off the golf balls when two coats were covering them. I have new respect for the finish now. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#4 posted 02-21-2021 08:57 AM

Cool gizmo for the golf lovers…

People may ask, “How far can you drive one of those golf balls?”... Hell, as far as you like… in a car!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 02-21-2021 09:27 AM

Always fun project and toy!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-21-2021 01:49 PM

I’m thinking this will be a good gift for my brother in law the golfing nut. He’ll be one to break it to get it out. LOL.
Good fun Mel.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 02-21-2021 02:54 PM

This is a great gift idea Mel. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 02-21-2021 05:33 PM

Nice work, Mel!! It keeps people scratching their heads. I tell them I found them growing in there!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 02-21-2021 05:50 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments so far, greatly appreciated. LBD, never really played golf, I don’t think miniature golf counts. The time I did try, hooks, slices, giant divots, and a ton of cussing was involved. The only way for me to get it down the course would be to throw it or like you said…. in a car, LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 02-21-2021 07:35 PM

It is so much fun watching people spend 20min inspecting for a glue-line only to give up in frustration. They never figure out the secret.

Thanks for reminding me of these, think I will make a few for some friends.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#11 posted 02-21-2021 08:27 PM

+1

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 02-21-2021 10:38 PM



It is so much fun watching people spend 20min inspecting for a glue-line only to give up in frustration. They never figure out the secret.
- wildwoodbybrianjohns

It always surprises me that you never see one of these using some fancy contrasting laminations?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 02-23-2021 03:30 PM

Very cool

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#14 posted 02-23-2021 09:05 PM

Always fun to make these.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 02-24-2021 04:30 AM

Thanks for the comments, wildwood, Desert_Woodworker, bugradx2 and Ken90712. Always appreciated !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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