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Project by john2005 posted 02-06-2018 09:49 PM 1247 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest commissioned piece. A friend scored a piece of bowling alley and wanted to use it as a top for their island. The problem is that it is just nailed together and has no support on the areas that hang over the cabinet. So I recessed 5/8” x 1 1/2” solid aluminum bar in rabbets on the under side. Epoxied and screwed in place. Came out pretty stout. The wood is hard maple at the beginning, transitioning into pine at the other end. The arrows are walnut so I trimmed it in walnut as well for contrast. The finish is just mineral oil and beeswax. They want to use it like a cutting board.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.





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#1 posted 02-06-2018 09:50 PM

Oh, and all the little dots are screw holes, filled with walnut.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 10:01 PM

Hiya John. That looks really slick!

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 10:04 PM

Thanks Tony!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 11:10 PM

Looks nice John. Great job.

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 06:29 AM

Shoulda put this in earlier. Here’s the bottom getting reincorced.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#6 posted 02-07-2018 01:00 PM

Nice work, John. It looks great in that kitchen.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 01:10 PM

That looks very nice. I made my kitchen island top out of bowling alley too, but I didn’t get any of the maple part. I just screwed on pieces of maple to the ends to support the overhang.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 02-07-2018 01:15 PM

Very nice! I have 3 sections of old bowling alley I picked up and am saving for future projects. Did you inlay the walnut arrows? Like yours, mine are just nailed together. I will need to come up with a way to stabilize them once start the project(s).

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 02-07-2018 02:17 PM

Super cool project John. I really dig the style of that kitchen.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#10 posted 02-07-2018 02:25 PM

Really nice John.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 02-07-2018 02:40 PM

Thanks guys


Very nice! I have 3 sections of old bowling alley I picked up and am saving for future projects. Did you inlay the walnut arrows? Like yours, mine are just nailed together. I will need to come up with a way to stabilize them once start the project(s).

- Randy_ATX

No, I did not inlay the arrows. Those are the ones that came in it. I did take little off each side to center them up though.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#12 posted 02-07-2018 02:42 PM



Nice work, John. It looks great in that kitchen.

- woodcox

Yeah, that kitchen is another story. It’s kind of a project in itself. I think I have some before pics. Pushed this one a long way

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#13 posted 02-07-2018 05:08 PM

I’ve heard that bowling lanes are hard to work with because they’re full of nails – is that true?

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#14 posted 02-07-2018 05:23 PM

Yes. They are gang nailed right down the center so they dont have a lot of strength. On the maple end, the nails are square twist nails that will about kill a guy to get out. On the pine however, they are just plain old 16d. Come right out. The trick is squaring up the ends. I just used an old blade that I didn’t mind killing. AND lots of facial protection. Problem here is that you are cutting with the nail. I ended up cutting one a jull 3” long. Just cut it right in half. Poor saw didnt cut so fast after that, but luckily it was towards the end. The sides are easy. Just pull the boards off with a cats paw and a flat wrecking bar.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#15 posted 02-07-2018 09:19 PM

This is a very nice cabinet and that bowling ally top is a wonderful accent and should obviously be very durable.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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