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Fantasy Football Trophy a la Lombardi #4: Laces Out !!

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 12-03-2011 06:54 PM 2202 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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#1 posted 12-03-2011 07:31 PM

Looks great!

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

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 07:34 PM

thanks danno! BTW Holy Crosss (Waterbury)and Ansonia is also in the semi finals game today. The NVL is puttin it on the rest of the state!

-- "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

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 03:40 AM

How did Crosby do? Crosby vs Kennedy? Ansonia always did. Good to hear HC is in the hunt.

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

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 03:31 PM

Crosby lost to Kennedy on Turkey Day .. heres a link to highlights .. http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2011/12/04/redzone/videos/doc4ecf08b618ecd661292662.txt

Ansonia trounced who ever they played. Their sophomore running back now has 59 touchdowns on the year, a new state record. If they did have the 50 point rule that kid would scored 100 touchdowns no joke, i bet he saw the second half of games once in 12 games. Akeel Newsome is his name.

Holy Cross won on a pick 6 from the 1 yard line and advance to the finals.

Wolcott was dominated 35-0 against Ledyard. We unfortunately got outcoached on this one but made it to the playoffs for the first time and even won a thriller that went into OT in the pouring rain against Ellington in the first round.

And there ya go folks, your NVL playoff wrap up.

-- "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

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 12:55 AM

Very cool job. You might be able to take a finishing nail punch and make the ‘dimples’ of the pigskin, but that would drive you insane, and be – WAY OVER – the top. (-: Great job without a lathe!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 03:24 AM

Thanks Northwest. Ya know some one said early on in the blog that i should chip carve the grain of the leather, and it garnered the same reaction both times; me almost throwing up laughing. I bet the wife would let me sit on the couch and do it “ill just vaccuum up all the chips honey”. I dont mind givin myself a good beatin once in a while but i just think it would be like you said, torture.

BTW, theres a shot of the finished football in the projects page. Thanks for lookin.

-- "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

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 04:24 PM

This is great. I love it. Very nice job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 02-07-2012 04:29 PM

Thanks Snowy, comin for you it means quite a bit to me. Theres a finished pic somewhere in my projects file. I had a real blast with this one. Unfortunately i have to part with it next week to the league champ. Here’s hopin for next year.

-- "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

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 04:04 PM

This was an awesome project and it sounds like you learned a ton! Seriously well done!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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