Hand turning wood balls is a fun and challenging project. It's a project that starts out as a spindle, between centers. When you're done step 1, you have a rounded shape with thin tenons. Now you have to remove the tenons, so you trim the tenons (often with a handsaw) mount the wood between custom turned wood cup chucks and turn off the tenons. Then the last step is your rotate the wood one more time into axis 3 for the final turning. Yes, it's a 3-axis project which gives it the challenge.
You can find projects on turning balls here and you can also look at "spheres" which are similar (if not the same) turnings.
If you can't imagine why you might want to do this, just picture a bowl of balls made from all kinds of different woods! It would be a wood lovers dream!!
|Turning a Wood Baseball and Stand |
By: Marvin Stoltzfus
This project tutorial will go over the steps to create a wooden baseball. I will be turning the sphere with the tool that I invented and is now being distributed by Carter Products under the name of Perfect Sphere tool. I’ll wood burn the sphere to resemble a baseball cover and lacing. I will also turn and embellish the remaining part of the wood blank to be our baseball stand.
|Ball in a Ball|
By: Alan Hockenbery
In this short tutorial, Al explains how to turn a sphere and then hollow a recess that is just large enough to fit another sphere. Al often uses a golf ball for the smaller sphere and this is a great way to memorialize a one-in-hole or other special golfing occasion.
And yes, Al explains how to get the smaller ball into the hollow without cracking the rim and such that it will not come out again.
|Making a hollow ball|
By: John Tolly
John Tolly shows how to make a ball and then cut it in half in order to hollow out. This is a fun project and when it is done, it will really confuse your friends how you made it.
|Turning a Bocce Ball|
By: Alan Lacer
In this project, Alan shows how to turn bocce balls which really means any type of balls. Not only does Alan show how to turn the balls using the "Ghost Ball" as your guide, he does a great job of explaining and showing the type of shop-made wood chucks that you will need to hold the balls.
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Square Mini Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tool
On Sale for only $49.99
List price: $79.99
This Square Carbide Mini Turning Tool from Rockler features a replaceable and rotatable cutter that eliminates the hassle and downtime of sharpening. Simply rotate the carbide cutter for a fresh, sharp edge, and replace it once all available edges have grown dull. The solid carbide cutter also stays sharp for longer when compared with steel, giving you a much longer useful life. Shaft features a flattened back for stability when using the tool rest. The handles are made of solid ash encased with a thick, molded rubber end for an enhanced grip and reduced fatigue.
Starter Pen Turning Kit
On Sale for only $59.99
List Price: $69.99
This kit contains all the essential tooling you need to start turning custom pens. It includes three pen blank species (bloodwood, bubinga and olivewood), three gold-plated Slimline Twist Pen Hardware Kits, a 7mm mandrel with knurled nut and #2 Morse Taper, 7mm bushings, a 7mm Brad Point Drill Bit, a 1 oz. bottle of CA Glue, a Pen Mill Kit for truing up all mating surfaces and a storage case with 28 adjustable compartments. The Pen Mill includes four pilot shaft sizes for a wide range of pen types.
Rockler Four-Piece Cheese Knife Turning Kit
7/8" On Sale for only $29.99
1 1/4" On Sale for only $39.99
List Price: $39.99
The cheese cutters are made from food-grade 304 stainless steel and attached to the handles which you turn. The kit includes 1/4-20 threaded inserts. The cheese cutters themselves are dishwasher safe; the handles are easily removed for this purpose.
GVS Elipse P100 Half Mask Respirator with 2 Bonus Filters, Small/Medium
For only $25.99
List Price: $37.98
These Elipse P100 Half-Mask Respirators from GVS are designed to protect against dust particles, metal fumes, mists, oil and water vapors, and even some micro-organisms. Each mask includes two low-profile filters, which permit a wide field of view, and won't interfere with safety glasses and sanding shields. The filters are easily interchangeable, and replacement filters are readily available.
Uvex Bionic Face Shield with Clear Polycarbonate Visor and Anti-Fog/Hard Coat
For only $32.74
List Price: $46.44
Shell offers built-in chin protection and extended top-of-head coverage. Highly adjustable headgear tilts visor nearer or farther from face depending on preference and application. Comfortable cell foam on back of headgear. Breathable, removable, washable headband. Comfortably worn with most goggles and respirators.
4-Piece Safety Kit
For only $19.99
List Price: $34.99
Push stick with ergonomic handle has embedded magnet for easy storage on your saw. Ideal for table saw and router table use. Angled push blocks feature ultra-grippy Bench Cookie pad material. They are great for jointer and router table applications. Table featherboard assists in holding stock against the fence while sawing or routing and helps to reduce kickback. It fits standard 3/4" x 3/8" miter slots found on table saws and router tables, and features expandable miter track bars for maximum holding power.
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