Arts and Craft style Golf Ball Display

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Project by Alongiron posted 07-17-2012 07:09 PM 2779 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked if I would make him a display rack for his “story telling” golf balls. So I had some nice knotty red oak in the shop and made this ove the weekend. I simply used a 3/4” forstner bit to drill the holes to 3/8” I used my same techinique to finish it off…added a few brackets on the side and it gives it an Arts and Craft look to it. The back is a piece of green felt that I attached with spray adhesive to a piece of 1/8” hardboard. He has not came to pick it up yet so I am hoping he likes it! Thanks for taking the time to look. Any suggestions as how to get a round hole using something other than a forstner bit would be greatly appreciated.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 07:37 PM

You could make a template with some hardboard/plywood/mdf and then use a router with a pattern bit.

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 08:01 PM

Sweat! i like the knotty Oak and the finish nicely done

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 08:16 PM

I’d have to make one that can be submerged in an aquarium as my story balls are all wet. That is a classy display unit. I am trying to think of other things I would display in a similar way.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 11:27 PM

Nice display. Why don’t you want to use the forstner, because of the center dimple? I was thinking of getting an extra forstner bit of a certain size and grinding the tip off to be a cutter all the way across. Then start the hole with the standard one and finish it with the tipless one. I don’t know if would hold center without clamping the piece down for that second cut.
A big ball end mill would do it too!

What would be wrong with going all the way through and running a 45 degree chamfer bit around the top and bottom of the holes??

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

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 11:33 PM

Thanks Jim and Jim for the options! I will have to play with each and see how it works out.

Nomer.. I hear your pain!

Rkaste…Sweat I did on this project but when it was completed it was sweet! (you type like I do)

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 11:47 PM

What about trying a dish carving bit in the router? I dont know how big of a diameter they make them in though. All my golf balls tell the same story … kind of a woodsy tale.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 12:48 AM

Its nice to see a golf ball display with character, ost displays cases are pretty boring. Nice job!

-- Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 01:23 AM

Thanks chip!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 09:48 AM

Nice job, I’m sure he will love it!

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

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#10 posted 07-18-2012 12:27 PM

Neat project!

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 09:10 PM

You could use a plunge router and that would eliminate the dimple in the bottom. I also wonder if you could use a round nosed bit in a plunge router?

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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