Fantasy Football Trophy a la Lombardi #3: The Game Saver

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 11-16-2011 03:05 AM 4965 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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6 weeks left of the fantasy football season and its looks like im out of the playoffs. Barring a miracle ill be watching from the sidelines. If you’ve followed my last posts i took a chunk of fallen maple and, by hand, drawknived, planed, shaved, and shaped that log into a football. Well then i ran into a problem … my freshly fallen log had started to crack, check, and split.

Then, coming in off the bench, the LJ faithful 34,000 strong, bail me out of another problem. We determined that the first step was to dry it out. I slowly dried the football in the microwave for 3 minute intervals and over the span of 3 days i got the weight to remain consistent.

Then it was on to filling those cracks. I jammed some cedar shims into the gaps adhering them with CA glue. Taping it off with some painters tape to prevent the CA glue form getting all over.

Then onto the epoxy filler. I chose Quikwood readily available at WC. It comes in tootsie roll form just mush it together until the color is consistent and its ready to use. 2 days dry time, a quick sanding with some 150, and good as new.

Next game update will feature creating the seams of the football and making the laces.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 06:24 AM

Thats going to look good. Have you designed the base yet?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 03:13 PM

Dan, I havent gotten around to the base yet but i was thinking of using some sort of cradle to hold it horizontally. I should have some shop time next weekend after Thanksgiving.

Im actually toying with the idea of using that stripe that you see in the last pic as part of the laces, making it kind of abstract and off center … much like all the guys in our fantasy football league coincidentally.

Thanks for looking.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 04:26 AM

Wow..great job. love the wood choice…lots of work though, eh?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 03:26 PM

Spun, thanks for the kudos. It has been a ton of work id say about 12-14 hours into it so far but it occupies my idle time and takes the brain away from the office so its worth it. The wood choice was pure luck of the draw. It was a fallen branch off a maple tree in my yard and just happened to be the closest in diameter to what i was lookin for.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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