Golf ball display case

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Project by Konquest posted 05-29-2009 06:37 AM 9428 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a retirement present for my Dad, an avid golfer who is (was?) with the Union Pacific Railroad. The contrasting woods are curly maple (obviously) and Azobe, which is an African hardwood primarily used for structural engineering (hardness, density, insect, rot and even wildfire resistant). Why would I deliberately use such a heavy, difficult wood? The significance is that it is actually a reclaimed railroad tye from a bridge in Texas. I laminated alternating 1/4” strips for the top and bottom “moldings” and set the shelves into dadoes but protruding 3/8” out of the front. It holds 30 golf balls which, FYI, is accomplished by drilling through with a 1 1/4” forstner bit (perfect size so it sits right in the hole and doesn’t stick out from the bottom). The bit was trash after drilling the holes through this stuff. To accentuate the contrast between the woods, the back and side panels were simply finished with 2 soaks of BLO and some wax, whereas the shelves, top and bottom laminated pieces were sprayed with about 8 coats of bullseye shellac. This project, unlike some of my other furniture and case pieces, really tested my definition of “precision”. As a result I bought one of the Incra miter gauges with the flip stop. Any comments or critiques would be appreciated.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#1 posted 05-29-2009 06:40 AM

This one great display case love the contrasting woods

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-29-2009 08:26 AM

Nice work. Why would one display golf balls?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 05-29-2009 01:08 PM

Companies, tournament sponsors, tournaments, and all courses make balls imprinted with their logos.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 03:01 PM

Very nice piece and great story about the reclaimed wood. Adds that extra touch of personality. The contrasting woods really look cool.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 06:26 PM

Your Dad is going to love this present. With his life working for the railroad using the railroad tye will mean a lot to him and having been made by you will make it perfect. I have only one ball I have saved from my first and only hole-in-one.

-- -Willing to try

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#6 posted 05-29-2009 06:52 PM

Yeah if he had known he would be getting this he probably would have gotten some more souvenir balls (Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, winning a tournament, getting an autographed ball with a Sharpie at a PGA event, etc.) but I figure that he’s going to have a lot of time to golf and collect souvenir balls now that he’s retired. For what it’s worth, I am not a golfer.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#7 posted 07-28-2009 11:20 AM

Nice use of reclaimed wood, your dad must love it.

How did you like working with Bulls Eye Shellac? I am considering it for a project I am working on.

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#8 posted 07-28-2009 11:48 AM

Nice looking case.

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 07:02 AM

very cool—-since you posted this so long ago—-has he filled it up with more souvenirs???

Over the years it seemed like every Christmas my brother and I gave my dad a new box of golf balls…this is a case he could have used!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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