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Project by tomakazi posted 03-19-2011 03:29 AM 2698 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, bowling pins!!!

they didnt cost much at all (you can get them for free, if you know the right people). the one on the left still has the original plastic on it.

they were fairly easy to turn, the first one I split the plastic off with a hammer and chisel before mounting it on the lathe. that was a pain in the butt!! the next one I mounted right on the lathe and turned the plastic right off.

WARNING!!! be careful if you try this!!! the last picture shows some hollows spots inside the pins, JUST BE AWARE THAT YOU DONT KNOW WHAT IS INSIDE!!! I am going to make some caps to hide the voids. I thought about melting some lead and filling the holes but they are already 22 and 28 ounces! thats heavy enough for what I use them for!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#1 posted 03-19-2011 03:37 AM

Pretty cool idea. I bet they will be happy to get a chance to start whacking things back now. I might want to try to meet some of those people.
btw.. I like the picture backdrop with all the different colored sawdust.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 03:45 AM

They will certainly make great thumpers for whatever you need. And you mean to tell me there is another purpose for pins beside 50 meter firing line?

-- Deeds not Words.

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#3 posted 03-19-2011 03:46 AM

Use Bondo – I have it in some of my cabinet voids – it survived 13 military moves and it’s over 30 yrs old now

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#4 posted 03-19-2011 04:14 AM

I guessed maple, not bowliing pins. Does that count? ;-)) Interesting recycle. Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-19-2011 04:39 AM

cool idea , i have 2 boxes of pins (20 pieces) now i know what to do with a few more

-- rick

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#6 posted 03-19-2011 05:30 AM

I think that’s a strike. Good re-use.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 03-19-2011 07:17 AM

My Mom still has the lamp I turned from a bowling pin during high school shop class.

I like your idea better!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 03-19-2011 09:26 AM

The plastic coating gave it away. I saw a guy on Youtube turn one of these. I though it was an excellent idea. There are a couple of bowling alleys close to where I live, maybe I’ll stop by and ask about getting some pins. Thanks for the post.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#9 posted 03-19-2011 10:17 AM

This is a great use of bowling pins but I prefer to make targets out of em. Cool mallets!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 03-19-2011 10:45 AM

clever use of the bowling pins.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#11 posted 03-19-2011 12:54 PM

great recycling :-)
and they are good looking wackers

thank´s for sharing

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#12 posted 03-19-2011 01:19 PM

very nice turning job. I like the handle treatments.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#13 posted 03-19-2011 03:30 PM

I’d fill the voids with epoxy and then add leather faces to them. As they wear, you can replace the leather to make them new again.

Hit your local Tandy Leather Factory store and see what they have in “scraps”. You want “full grain harness leather” at least 8 ounces in weight. (That’s roughly 1/8 inch thick as an ounce is about 1/64th)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 03-19-2011 03:45 PM

That’s a great suggestion Big Tiny. Thanks for the info on leather weight, I didn’t know that.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#15 posted 03-19-2011 08:39 PM

very nice I like the one on the right if it still had the plastic it would be even better but they both came out saweeeeeeeeeeeet.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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