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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Titebond® Translucent Wood Glue
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