|Project by ScottM||posted 06-02-2014 04:42 PM||842 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
This is my latest project and last for a little while. I will be having shoulder surgery so I will be out of action for a while.
My aunt used to bowl a lot when she was a little younger. A couple of weeks ago she asked me about making a lamp for her out of a bowling ping she got as a prize for participating in a bowling tournament. So I accepted the job. I did some searching online and all I came across for bowling pin lamps was the standard no base or just a small round base but I wanted to make it more unique. So I decided to make the base like a real bowling lane.
The “hardwood” lane is made of some scrap red oak. I didn’t have any maple on hand or have time to order any so I went with what I had. I cut the 3/4” thick pieces into 7/8” strips and then resawed them into 1/4” strips which I then glued all together. It was about 20 pieces, I think. I then sanded for a while to get all of the glue drippings off since there were so many joints. I cut it to size and then used a core box bit to rout the gutters. I then found some images online for the lane image layouts. I resized them to fit in lane and then used Steve Ramseys image transger method to get them onto the wood. I let it dry overnight and then sprayed it with several coats of spray lacquer. Then built up the lamp pieces with a kit from Lowes. I gave it to her yesterday and she was thrilled. I think it came out pretty good.
The last image is a box I made for my mother for mothers day. I just threw it in.