Simple ball(s) in a cage

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Project by murch posted 06-28-2011 09:17 PM 2659 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure if this is worth up-loading considering the stunning projects that appear on this great site but I
enjoyed making them and so here they are.
It was raining last Saturday and I had some time to myself. There is a lot to be said for sitting
at the kitchen table and having a hobby that is costing zip.
It is extremely satisfying to make something from a block of wood that my young lad (he’s 6) was intrigued with.
The double one took a couple of hours to cut. It needs more sanding but it is probably as finished as it’s going to be.
The smaller one was done a few weeks ago and was soaked in linseed oil.
Pic. 4 is all the tools you need to get your ball(s) in a cage!!

Best regards, LJ’s.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 09:51 PM

I like it, my son in law made one years ago when he was in school and his kids (my grandkids) still play with it.

-- Joanne, New York,

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 10:31 PM

I’ll bite…how is it done?

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#3 posted 06-29-2011 12:23 AM

My Pop had a couple that had a 3 or 4 link chain and a choker hook on the end. It was whittled by a logger at the mill where he worked. he also had a couple of ~2 1/2 inch rocking chairs the same guy made.

-- The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. Edwin Bliss

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#4 posted 06-29-2011 12:25 AM

yeah, I’m with Tyler. This is just the thing to do a ” How To” blog on. Pretty neat though.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#5 posted 06-29-2011 03:05 AM

Nice work Murch. I have the book on how to do it. I am going to start working on it soon. Here is a link to a carver who shows you how. Or you can use a knife.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 06-29-2011 03:28 AM

Nothing wrong with posting whimsical creations! Who knows, you may have just launched your son’s engineering career…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#7 posted 06-29-2011 04:54 AM

That’s neat. It certainly is worth sharing.

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

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#8 posted 06-29-2011 10:44 PM

One person’s tinkered creation is another person inspiration! Keep it posting.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#9 posted 06-30-2011 01:05 AM

not only is your 6 year old intriged….me to!! real neat

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#10 posted 06-30-2011 08:13 AM

Thanks for the positive posts .This is a pretty straight forward project, so if your interested
just google “ball in a cage” or, as Rustic says, get onto youtube.
After that just mark out your piece and cut away anything that doesn’t look like a ball or a cage!

Every guy you show it to will be amazed at your talent and will shower you with praise while all the
ladies will admire your rugged manliness and develope secret desires to be with you. Guaranteed. 100%.

Joanne – this may not apply to you.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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