Bowling Pin Lamp

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Project by Jeremy posted 02-01-2011 03:32 PM 4893 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At a recent sale I saw some bowling pins for a dollar. I had to pick a few up and try something with them. So when I got them home I remembered my Dad gave me some really long drill bits so away I went. This was the reason I made the bandsaw circle jig. Then I did the lazy man’s sander. I put the wood circles on my drill press and had it going about 3000rpm and hit it with the 120 grit, 220, 500, 600, 1000, and then for some reason I wanted to see what 2000 would do. I never thought Pine could shine without poly or something but boy did it. You can see in the picture that it shines. Now all I need is a shade and its ready to sell. I even found a screw for the top that lookes like a bowling ball. And I thought the grain in the pine looks a little like the lanes at the bowling ally.

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Heidi Neely

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 11:12 PM

Cool idea for a re-use of the bowling pins… ex-husband would LOVE this, lol!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#2 posted 05-27-2022 03:23 AM

Nice Job. I am a avid bowler and always wanted to make a lamp out of one. I always said If I bowled 300 I would get a pin from the pin deck on the lane I finished on and have ever one sign it. Well last night it happened I finally after 25 years of bowling got it done and had a perfect game. On league too so I get my ring. So I got the pin but most the players had left before I could get it signed. But It is a small house and we all know each other well so I can get them to sign it here soon. But I was thinking and one of our members have a cnc laser. I am going to place it on the lathe and polish it and drill the hole. Then I am having it in graved with the bowling alley info my name and time and date. Then I will go have everyone that was there last night sign it witnessing it was legit. Then I am going to turn a base and make it a lamp to put in my bedroom so I can always remember my first 300. So I was looking for Ideas. LOL I really like it. Hearing you describe how you polished it makes me want to polish it on the lathe. It might be the end of the month or the next But I will get it done soon. When I do I will post it. I have not had any projects in some time.

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