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Project by Druid posted 1193 days ago 7343 views 8 times favorited 103 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, I admit that I like to make unique items, so here’s another one. The wood is from a section of a cedar post, and that is a real golf ball (not a sponge fake). I have tried to show all sides of the “cube” as close up as my camera will permit for the photos. Enjoy.

p.s. – I see that there will be questions about soaking, steaming, and bending, but as in my Twisted Dovetail box, none of these methods were used.

p.p.s. – Since there are several people who are interested in the bottom edge of the block, I have replaced one of the photos with the closest shot I can get of part of the bottom corner. The bottom face is still rough from the bandsaw (horizontal marks), but you should still be able to follow the grain patterns. Keep smilin’.

p.p.p.s. – I sanded off the bottom of the block to remove the bandsaw marks, and Photo 6 has been updated to show a closer view of the grain pattern going around the corners without any joints.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 1193 days ago

OK . . . you have me wondering. . .

How the heck did you do that???

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Druid

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#2 posted 1193 days ago

Hi Sheila. I could say that you actually helped with this one. Thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 1193 days ago

The power of positive thinking????

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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toyguy

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#4 posted 1193 days ago

Let me guess. Soak the piece in water and let it swel-up….. pop the ball in and let dry…. ??/ anyway… right or wrong; I like the mystery with this kind of thing…... but I think I would have used any ball but a titleist…..... on second thought, that is about all a titleist is good for….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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phiflint

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#5 posted 1193 days ago

If the wood swells, the holes would shrink, no? I want to know what’s behind the penny.

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Druid

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#6 posted 1193 days ago

Interesting comments, so I’ve updated the project explanation. As for the penny, that is the way that I date my carvings. I use a ¾” forstner bit to drill a flat bottom hole, and epoxy the penny in place. The penny is not there to plug the hole where I inserted the golf ball. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1193 days ago

None of the holes in the top are large enough to have hollowed out the space for the golf ball, For that reason, the only explanation is that it was hollowed from the bottom. There must be a very well-hidden joint along the perimeter of the bottom edge.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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rance

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#8 posted 1193 days ago

Form it, cut it open with a Froe, insert ball, glue it back, and hide the glue line. That’s my guess.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bertha

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#9 posted 1193 days ago

So cool! I love the embedded Canuck coin:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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prompt

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#10 posted 1193 days ago

Hello Druid) Is gluing along the seam? There is another method?

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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BigTiny

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#11 posted 1193 days ago

I love the penny idea. Mind if I steal it? (grin)

As for the golf ball, it isn’t really there, it’s a hologram, right?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Derek1980

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#12 posted 1193 days ago

My theory is that the ball was driven into it years ago by a very powerful but not very accurate golfer. 80 years later after the tree had completely sounded the ball it was cut down and split for fence posts that you eventually ended up with. You then started carving a captured wooden ball and were suppressed to discover a golf ball already centered in the post. The really interesting part is that Titleist wan not founded until 1932 so the powerful and not very accurate golfer must have also been a time traveler.

or you split the wood so there was no kerf and glued it back.

d

-- Derek

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Bertha

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#13 posted 1193 days ago

LOL with Derek, sounds like me on the links. An expensive set of clubs has not improved my game:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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tsangell

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#14 posted 1193 days ago

My guess is that the seam is along the bottom (square) edge, and that it is a glued-in, grain matched plug that was cut out, possibly with a fret saw or scroll saw.

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Chelios

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#15 posted 1193 days ago

I am with Derek on his last comment. Neat idea Druid!

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