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Project by DMiller posted 07-21-2017 06:53 PM 830 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently designed and built this ping pong (table tennis) paddle out of Olive, Mahogany, Walnut, and Cherry wood. It was a fun project to practice joinery and bowties on. In picture #5, there was a void which I filled using reclaimed coffee grounds and super glue (idea from Woodworkers Journal, Issue August 2017, Tricks of the Trade, Coffee Grounds Wood Filler). Thanks for looking! Dale M.

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."





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dalepage

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#1 posted 07-21-2017 08:24 PM

I go back to the 60’s as an ping pong addict. This is the nicest paddle I ever saw.

Do you suppose you could do something with the finish so I could put some English on the ball?

Dale P.

-- Dale

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DMiller

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#2 posted 07-21-2017 10:37 PM

Thanks Dale! (Nice name, by the way!) I’m not fully sure what you mean by ‘do you suppose you could do something with the finish so I could put some English on the ball;’ if it’s possible to reword, i’ll do the best I can to answer your question! Thanks for the comment! Dale M.

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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woodify

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#3 posted 07-21-2017 10:59 PM

I would never have thought about using coffee grounds as filler. Can you still smell the coffee?

-- Woodify ~~ https://www.youtube.com/woodified

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DMiller

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#4 posted 07-21-2017 11:25 PM

Thanks for the comment! When I was sanding the ‘filler,’ I think I caught a whiff of the coffee but I would say that the finish smell now overpowers the coffee. However, being that I just applied the finish today, that may change. Any other comments/ questions are appreciated!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#5 posted 07-22-2017 01:12 PM

This is a very nice paddle and I like the wood. It’s an attractive piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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DMiller

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#6 posted 07-22-2017 03:47 PM

Thanks Charles!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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Hermit

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#7 posted 07-22-2017 09:49 PM

What he meant by English on the ball is ping pong paddles either have sandpaper affixed to each side or a thin rubber surface. The rougher surface allows “english” or more spin on the ball when contact is made. Nice looking paddle but to add either would detract from it’s beauty.

-- I'm like the farmer's duck. If it don't rain, I'll walk.

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DMiller

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#8 posted 07-22-2017 10:01 PM

Thanks for the clarification, Hermit! I thought of checkering it similar to the way I checker the pistol grips I build, but as you said, I thought it might take away from the natural beauty. Thanks for the comments- they are appreciated!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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