Here’s the latest and greatest adventure in football making. I created the seams around the football by marking straight line around the football, sawing a thin kerf with a gent’s saw, and then tilting a 1/8” chisel at a 45 degree angle and paring away a small amount of material.
Next up was to make the laces. I had a scrap piece of sapele kicking around so i sliced off 2 pieces about 1/16” thick on the band saw so it was pliable enough to bend and CA glue to the ball.
Once the CA glue had set i took some more sapele and routed out a 3/4” wide x 3/16” deep dado down the middle. And with a thin kerf hand saw i cut them into 1/4” pieces and glued them over the thin strips to create the laces.
As of right now the football is totally finished … but youre all gonna have to wait until tomorrow for those pictures because im off to watch my high school alma mater play in their first football playoff semi-final game. GO EAGLES!
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty