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Project by drbyte posted 03-03-2014 07:25 PM 1601 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After turning all these years I’ve just never needed a sphere. The other day a co-worker showed me a video and asked if I could do that! The gauntlet was down and I just had to try it! Now I see lots of uses for them. I actually needed one a while back but used a golf ball instead. Now I know. It is an incredibly tedious process (without a jig at least). It was a fun thing to try and learn. The two walnut balls are about 2.25 inches and the ash is about 1.75 inches. I used my burning wires on the ash just because. Made it kinda look like a globe. Sanded to 400 and finished with Danish oil. So smooth and everybody says they are pleasant to hold. Good exercise ball for arthritic hands maybe. My son now wants one the size of a basketball! I told him that would be a while in coming! Thanks for looking. Give it a try and you’ll learn a whole new lesson in frustration and a new respect for your lathe and tools!

-- Dennis, WV

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 12:20 AM

Been trying for a while, was in the middle of a Dave Springett inspired jig when work interrupted. The
missing man should be back to work in a couple of weeks, and then I will see just how much frustration
I can cause and endure. Thank you for sharing your new skill, and they look very well finished. Sam
Shakouri had some hints on soccer balls if you just want to move up in size a little at a time.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 01:04 AM

Those look great!

Just last week, there was a demonstration of how to turn a sphere, at my woodturners club meeting. I wonder if the WW gods are trying to tell me something???

Again, Fantastic job and thanks for sharing & motivating!!!.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 11:09 AM


I’ll have to check out that video (do you have a link to it you could share?). Making a perfectly (or close to perfect round ball is very frustrating. WIth the chess pieces the finials all have them but they are so small I can get away with sandpaper when it gets down to it.

I want to see that basketball! Nice work.


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#4 posted 03-04-2014 06:49 PM

Perfectly shaped!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-07-2014 03:45 AM

It gets easier with practice.

I learned how to make spheres for this project done last December. After 2 practice and the 4 you see in photo, my speed and skill really improved. These cherry spheres were made with 2 wood jigs in a nipple shape (1 in chuck and 1 in tailstock) to hold the spheres with just pressure.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 04:15 PM

They look awesome, beautifully shaped and finished. Great work!

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