Now That's Using Those Tired Old Balls!

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Project by shipwright posted 11-15-2016 09:17 PM 2633 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our patio umbrella works fine but needed a little tweak.
The one we bought last year didn’t swivel. .......

Now it does!

Here in Green Valley you can get very used golf balls for $.10 each. There is about $20 worth of plywood in it so with ~60 balls ….... $26.

In the last picture you can see our other big expense. We broke the sand down into manageable pieces using flood style sand bags @ about 30 lbs each. The bags are about two bits each.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 09:25 PM

All I can say is that global warming sure has changed Canada.
Nice Idea.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 09:39 PM

Now that’s clever Paul, with 60 balls the load per ball would be minimal, do you have a lock to stop it spinning?
We’re just heading into summer down here & looking forward to getting the “shades” out again

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 10:44 PM

Great idea Paul, recycling old golf balls is brilliant. Like Pete above we are starting to put our shades up for summer.
Nice set up, like you wall ornaments.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 11-15-2016 10:52 PM

Outta sight. who would have thunk of that…...........except Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is a good use of those balls. You don’t have to chase them there, either!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 11-15-2016 11:46 PM

Heck Paul … I could have donated a whole ice cream bucket full of used golf balls for your project … lol!! Looks good and stable. Judging from Elinor’s viewpoint, quite manageable too!! Enjoy Green Valley.

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#6 posted 11-15-2016 11:55 PM

Another great idea Paul, sometimes I think you may have missed your calling as an engineer!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 11-15-2016 11:56 PM

Awesome… It’s a mega lazy Susan…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#8 posted 11-16-2016 12:38 AM

That is a wonderful idea, it works perfectly and is inexpensive also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 11-16-2016 02:56 AM

you had balls to post this :) ,very cleaver

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 11-16-2016 03:54 AM

Good place for the Scorpions to hide!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 11-16-2016 05:24 AM

I golfed twice in my life, my first and my last time all in the same outing co in my ooinion that’s probably the best use ever for golf balls I have seen!

Nice heavy duty lazy susan umbrella stand!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 11-16-2016 06:26 AM

Great idea Paul. Now I’m wondering what reaction you would get if you showed only photo 2 to people at your local driving range, and told them that you are working on a “rapid fire” loader to get those balls onto the Tee?
Only joking . . . ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 11-16-2016 09:57 AM

So you traded Friendship in for a wheelbarrow of sand and a big umbrella, i guess since your a big guy, instead of losing your marbles you lost your golf balls , well enjoy the new set up you know if you really go to the beach you might be able to get some drinks that have little umbrella’s in them…:).....;)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 11-16-2016 05:32 PM

That is big enough to be called a rotek or slewing bearing, like those used on cranes and big backhoes, but is
considerably cheaper. You should be able to use that umbrella quite a bit before it is time to store it and move
back north, and it gives the lumberjocks who stay up north plenty of time to build for own version for next
summer. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 11-16-2016 09:25 PM

Great idea. It turned out really nice.

But I gotta ask…Are all of the balls the same compression? :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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