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Forum topic by jkay posted 09-28-2015 06:53 PM 582 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-28-2015 06:53 PM

I am building a desk out of black walnut and using a bowling lane for the top. The bowling lane is rock maple with walnut inlays for the arrows. It is in good shape but on the sides there are some eye sores that aren’t going to be easy to hide such as large holes used to bolt the lane to the floor, deep gouges, and the pieces of maple were put together using tongue and groove so on one side it has the groove which is going to be hard to cover up.

So what would look best (throw in your own idea if you think of a better one)

On the groove side do a walnut inlay and on the large holes use dowel rods to fill them in.

Idea 2 is to take 1” thick walnut and do a border around the lane and then router the top to make edges round. I do not believe that the bowling lane expands or contracts much as when it was in use the bolts holding it on the floor would of made it buckle had it expanded. The lane was glued and nailed together and is about 2.75” thick.

Thanks for your in put.

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#1 posted 09-28-2015 07:55 PM

I made coffee tables years ago out of bowling alley lane ends, the part with the pin markers in them. Same problem with the edges. If I remember right, my rod nuts stuck out, so I had to take out the rods, thread them further, and sink the nuts in. PITA…
Once I had clean sides I built a border of maple that surrounded the table top. Used some dark wood for dowels that held it to the top, so it would sort of match the pin circles. All worked out and they sold fast. This was back in the late 80’s, I believe.

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