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Forum topic by NCSU posted 08-16-2019 07:18 PM 498 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NCSU

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08-16-2019 07:18 PM

I am interested in turning wood footballs on my lathe. I would like to know the various techniques available and the details for constructing a hollow wood football.

Thanks


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#1 posted 08-16-2019 08:37 PM

Never turned one but here are some different approaches. I would like to hollow sections before gluing together and turning and use my trim router to make a recess for lace.

This how one man did it guess you can modify your technique:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBDCZzQMcpA

Another way:
http://www.woodcentral.com/shots/shot469.shtml

Yet another way, have to read brief paragraph to understand his procedure.
http://www.frankmakes.com/2019/04/19/wood-turning-a-football/

-- Bill

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#2 posted 08-16-2019 08:40 PM

Forgot to welcome you to the message board hope will let us know you make out with your project!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 08-16-2019 10:09 PM

Welcome NCSU to LJ’s. I watched all three videos. Got to be an easier way. If you look at Youtube for hollow ornaments, you may use this process. That is turn the football and cut it in half and hollow. You won’t need CNC equip or walnut, pallets will work fine for this project. I must warn you, as I am a Patroits fan, be careful with your inflation. Good luck

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#4 posted 08-17-2019 02:09 AM

Thanks for all the replies. If you find additional techniques, please post.

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#5 posted 08-17-2019 07:55 PM

Finding more techniques just takes a few clicks! Whether you use one piece of wood or glue bunch of wood together make sure have enough waste on each end so can turn a basic shape and part those ends off when through turning, sanding & finish.

If want to hollow while still on the lathe procedures might change a little. Same goes for cutting the shape in half or quarters and routing out the center, gluing back together.

-- Bill

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