Bowling Pin To Carvers Malet

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Project by 49bill posted 04-27-2013 03:10 PM 1644 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw this here on lumberjocks Randall Sly had turned one from a bowling pin and since I had a couple of old pins laying around thought I would give it a try. Not as good as Randall’s turning but it will do. I did not know that bowling pins were made from hard maple wood. It was simple to turn because the pin already had the basic shape the plastic cover on the pin must come off before you start turning. Thanks! Randall Sly.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#1 posted 04-27-2013 03:38 PM

I never knew that there was a woodworking tool in every bowling pin. Clever!

-- Dave M. - Liberty Township, Ohio

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#2 posted 04-27-2013 04:16 PM

That is sweet. How difficult is it to remove the plastic covering?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 04-27-2013 05:08 PM

cajunpen the plastic covering can be removed with a razor knife just be careful not to let it slip thanks for looking.

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#4 posted 04-27-2013 06:29 PM

Both are nice pieces. One is a little more useful than the other but nothing wrong with conversation pieces.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 04-27-2013 11:50 PM

Bill: Looks great. There are a couple of hollow spots inside the belly of the pin so a good hard hit in the right place may bust it. The wood is so hard though, it may take quite a good hit. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 12:15 AM

Wow! Those mallets will be around fer a lifetime er 2

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 01:17 AM

Nice mallet. Slick idea repurposing a bowling pin. Great job on this.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 11:36 AM

Nice mallett but i would of liked to see some of the pin left showing so you can see were it came from

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 12:43 PM

Glad you took this on. There are tools hidden everywhere, we just have to look for them.

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 05:34 PM

What a great idea!

-- Jay -

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#11 posted 04-29-2013 02:57 AM

Good job Bill.

Ole Gene is in bad shape isn’t he?

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#12 posted 04-29-2013 11:28 AM

Thanks guys for the comments

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#13 posted 05-01-2013 01:07 PM

That would be a very solid and hard mallet. Looks good and has a very nice shape. Well done!

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