Sleeve of Balls

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-12-2015 11:20 PM 2698 views 29 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been meaning to make a sleeve of golf balls in wood for my neighbor’s birthday, but that is down the road a month. Then yesterday I had to boil some water for heating up the vinyl strips I was replacing on our chaise lounge chairs so I thought it was a good time to make the gift. So I hurried to the shop and cut this out with a Forstner bit and scroll saw and took it to the kitchen and put in a sleeve of balls. I added some shots of the process. It is 1 7/8” square x 7” long and I used a 1 5/16” Forstner bit
The fibers get real soft and bend when boiled. Then I put the full block back in the water to let the fibers come back to the original shape. When dry, they are stiff and have people scratching their heads!!

It is poplar and finished with clear enamel!

Happy Birthday, Ed!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-12-2015 11:33 PM


Another project well done.

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#2 posted 07-12-2015 11:34 PM

COOL… A straight forward approach to prove the Impossible is Possible! :)

Looking fwd to pic of how you spread the poles…


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#3 posted 07-12-2015 11:51 PM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 07-13-2015 12:08 AM

That’s too funny Jim
I am just making four of them today to give away as presents to people that supply me with wood etc.
I am going to boil them also but add a little fabric softener which I found works great when bending wood .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 07-13-2015 12:23 AM

very nice Jim your neighbor will love his gift.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 07-13-2015 12:38 AM

Nice job

-- "The Cedar King"

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#7 posted 07-13-2015 01:15 AM

Another cool gift Jim,
Great job and there will be lots of brain twisting trying to figure out how the balls were put in there.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 07-13-2015 01:20 AM

Nicely done.
Surely to be replicated….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 07-13-2015 02:33 AM

How is he suppose to use them without breaking it into pieces? LOL. Great job . I should make one for my brother- in-law in Florida. He would really appreciate it. I think I will.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 07-13-2015 03:12 AM

Hah, sweet! Very cool.

I know several golfers (me included) who would like this alot. Problem is it is alot of work and I would need to make so many…. can’t have any hurt feelings!
So maybe just one for myself. Thanks for posting the measurements.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#11 posted 07-13-2015 03:30 AM

Great idea Jim…well done

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#12 posted 07-13-2015 08:23 AM

Always like seeing these.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 07-13-2015 09:58 AM

A great talking point Jim…..there will be a lot of head scratching!!!!! I must have a go at that some time…. just thinking, when buying the Golf Balls I could tell the Salesman I am trying for three holes in one!!!! That will have him scratching his head.


Cliff. PS: Tell Ed, Happy Birthday from Australia.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 07-13-2015 10:15 AM

Interesting project. You are full of surprises.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-13-2015 11:37 AM

I love the design of the holder.

I’m curious at how hot the water was when you put it back in with the golf balls inserted. I never thought about how much heat a gold ball could take. Interesting.

I’ve seen similar feats done with objects inserted after soaking the fibers, but this is the most attractive project to date. Well done.

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