Turned Walnut Football

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Project by kevinruiz posted 08-13-2014 03:56 PM 1735 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at turning. Used my friends lathe and some walnut I milled from a tree in my front yard. I glued four mitered pieces into a square and then sandwiched them between two pieces of maple. I then glued two more pieces of walnut for the tips. I then turned the ball to shape. I added a dowel stained black as the air valve. The laces are veneer. I burned the stitch marks. Finally, I finished with wax

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 04:07 PM

very cool and unique, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 04:40 PM

Awesome and creative! Very nice!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 04:51 PM

Excellent attention to detail. Way to go!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 05:05 PM

This is a great project and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 06:34 PM

This is just flat out awesome! Just in time for the start of season. Something I will attempt for sure if I can ever get my hands on a lathe. Great Job!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 08:58 PM

I bet it would leave a mark if you tried punting that thing.

Nice work!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 10:44 PM

First turning!? WTF? Thats a badass job you did. Very creative and great execution. Looking forward to seeing more from you dude.

Have you had a chance to toss it around in the front yard? hows it fly? lol

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 11:59 PM

That is a great looking football! Very creative!

And as a college football fan, I appreciate that you made a college football, not an NFL one!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 08-14-2014 01:30 AM

I’ve done footballs but this is really great. Looks vintage with those laces. Nice work..

-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden

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#10 posted 08-14-2014 03:24 AM

Really cool, I wouldn’t want to catch it

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#11 posted 08-14-2014 03:43 AM

That’s so cool.


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#12 posted 08-14-2014 02:34 PM

Fantastic – just amazing.

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#13 posted 08-16-2014 11:13 PM

Great job

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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