Soccer Ball

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Project by soccer2010 posted 03-03-2014 01:21 PM 2231 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest soccer ball. I am considering keeping this one for myself.

-- John

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 02:19 PM

Sweet!! I’ve made three spheres about tennis ball size over the past couple of days. My son wants a basketball, I told him not right away! I’d love to see how you glue this up. Have you blogged about it? Do you have any more pics? Would you share a little more please!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 02:20 PM

It’s a beautiful conversation piece and very well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 02:30 PM

very cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 03:54 PM

Simply great looking soccer ball

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 04:11 PM

I glue (5) of the hexagons together in a circle like. I make (2) of these for the ends. Then I add the middle (10) hexagons. I then fit in the (12) pentagons.
To cut the pieces for the ball pictured, I screw a block into the center of the top plate of the fixture that will rotate on the bottom plate fixture. The top plate has (5) holes for a pentagon and (6) holes for a hexagon and a center hole (that will rotate around a dowel in the bottom plate). The base plate has a dowel in the center and then a dowel to clock the holes in the top plate.
I’ll post some more pictures later.

-- John

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 07:02 PM

Very cool looking.


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#7 posted 03-03-2014 10:15 PM

Beautiful piece!

If I may ask. How thick does the wood need to be?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 11:47 PM

Very cool. I would like to learn how to make one.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 11:11 AM

I start with planed lumber that typically measures .78 – .92 inches thick. I wouldn’t go much thinner. Here are some pictures from other soccer balls that I made.

-- John

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#10 posted 03-04-2014 01:27 PM

WOW! That is super cool!

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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#11 posted 03-04-2014 04:26 PM

Please post a walkthrough if you make another! That’s beautiful!

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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#12 posted 03-04-2014 05:28 PM

It will be awhile as I have about (10) balls built up but not turned.

-- John

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 06:57 PM

Sure, I would keep it!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 03-05-2014 06:53 PM

Keep it ??? I have a few people that have shown interest. It really depends if they’ll pay the premium for this one. If not I’ll keep it as its my favorite one so far.

-- John

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#15 posted 03-10-2014 03:26 PM

Marvelous piece! Awesome shape and gorgeous wood combo and the finish really made the grains pop. Beautiful work!

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