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Project by GaryK posted 1728 days ago 4324 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little project to warm me up for the oncoming winter.

I got an e-mail from the place that I bought the pucks and wax for my shuffleboard table.
They were selling a set of bowling pins for about $40. I figured that I could make them a lot cheaper. Like for nothing.

I wanted them to all be exactly alike, so with my lack of skills on the lathe, I decided to use my Legacy mill with a following template. You can see it in the fourth picture. In the fifth picture you can see them roughed out. From there I put them on my Jet mini lathe for final smoothing and sanding.

The wood is something called White Limba. I thought I would buy a piece on eBay just to see what it was like. Well, it’s mostly white but has black streaks in it. Basically it sucks. I had a piece of 8/4 so I used it for these.

The third picture shows a little pin setting device I came up with. Makes it a snap.

The design is a scaled down version from a drawing of a 10 pin I found online.

Two coats of water based Poly and they are ready to go. It adds another game to my shuffleboard table.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1728 days ago

Hey Gary
good to hear from you. Looks like a fun project. It’s good use for wood you want to use up. Even a cool pin setting device. Fun project . Great job a project you did very easily I’m sure.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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TomFran

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#2 posted 1728 days ago

Very cool. Nice work, Gary!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1728 days ago

Looks like you are set for long winter nights on the alley ;-)) They truned out great .

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

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cobra5

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#4 posted 1727 days ago

looks like your longgggg winter nights are pinned down, great job

-- tool time tim aka "cobra5"

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 1727 days ago

This is a pretty neat project, Gary. And the pin setter was an imaginative addition as well.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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lew

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#6 posted 1727 days ago

Gary,

Cool idea for making them all identical! Looks like you and your daughter will have fun “bowling them over”

Nice to read your posts again.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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nmkidd

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#7 posted 1727 days ago

Very innovative. Your pin setter reminds me of the rack used on a pool table…....and it sure beats hand setting the pins.

Great job.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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sharad

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#8 posted 1727 days ago

Nice to see you back with this nice creation.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 1727 days ago

COOL method…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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zlatanv

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#10 posted 1727 days ago

Nice.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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Packman

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#11 posted 1727 days ago

Excellent work Gary ….. how do you like the Legacy Mill?

Ray

-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Ohio

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Napaman

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#12 posted 1727 days ago

SWEET!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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rtb

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#13 posted 1726 days ago

I’m not sure is winter in east Texas 3 or is it 4 weeks long ? otherwise very nice.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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