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Project by Brandon posted 07-03-2012 10:22 PM 1602 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a bocce ball set for sometime, but have never really liked the cheap metal carrying that came with it. I was messing around in the garage and decided it’d be nice to build something nicer to hold the set of balls. I had a bunch of maple that was taking up space, so that’s what I used primarily.The design is just something I came up with along the way; it certainly wasn’t thought out thoroughly. I think if I were to build another one, I’d use less wood to minimize the overall weight. That said, I still like the way it turned out—especially with the oak bandings. As you can see, there’s a main area for the 8 bocce balls, and two extra compartments for the jack ball (or Snitch) and a tape measure. I’m by no means a bocce ball fanatic, but I thought this would add some style to my set for those occasional uses.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"





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#1 posted 07-03-2012 11:23 PM

Brandon, its OK. Its OK to be a Bocce ball fanatic.

Cool little project. After my bench build, I definitely will need to do the same as you. I need to come up with some projects to use up the scraps and cut-offs.

Thanks for sharing.

Did you use any fancy pants joinery?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 11:30 PM

Haha, maybe we can have a lumberjocks bocce tournement, Scott. No fancy-pants joinery on this one, other than the through tenons of the center divider/handle. I actually used the nail gun a little more than I’d like to admit on this one.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 11:31 PM

Nothing wrong with a nail gun and glue when want to get something done.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 11:34 PM

I always knew you had balls! It certainly looks good. Sometimes its best to go without the fancy pants joinery.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 11:47 PM

Sometimes its best to go without the fancy pants joinery.

Especially when you still haven’t finished the rocking chair that you promised for your pregnant wife. Had I taken my time on this tote (e.g., hand-cut dovetails), I would have been in trouble.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 12:26 AM

Brandon, time to finish the rocker!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 04:24 AM

Sweet Tote man, I bet you’ll be whipping out the game more often now just to show off your work.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 11:28 AM

“pardon me – while I whip out my bocce balls”

Sorry, I can’t help it.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 07-04-2012 12:12 PM

Funny, I had to read Mauricio’s comment twice. The first time my mind just read it as “Sweet Tote man, I bet you’ll be whipping out your balls more often now just to show off your work.”

ok, more coffee.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 07-04-2012 01:42 PM

Haha, this is no longer a family-friendly post.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#11 posted 07-04-2012 01:52 PM

Man this thread is like shootin fish in a barrell. Im gonna leave the jokes aside and just tell ya i like your ball carrier BW.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#12 posted 07-04-2012 07:19 PM

Nice box Brandon.
Lovely game it is.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 07-04-2012 11:20 PM

lol

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 05:27 AM

Very cool. I’m more of a drinking beer, smoking a cigar, and talkin smack with friends while the grill is cookin low and slow on a rare sunny day here in Seattle fanatic. And bocci ball facilitates exactly that :)

-- measure once, cut twice...

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