Carvers Mallet from a Bowling Pin

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 05-05-2013 10:23 PM 2641 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had an hour to turn and a bowling pin. Here’s the result. I put a spiral on the thumb grip for fun.


May 5, 2013

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 05-05-2013 10:29 PM

Nice, Bob!

When I use a skew, I usually end up putting spirals just about anywhere on the turning!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 10:31 PM

Hi Lew. Nice to hear from you. Yes, I’ve had a few sudden reverse screw designs with a skew also. Lol

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 10:53 PM

That is nice. Where did you get your old bowling pin? I wonder if the Bowling Alley ever sells them, or if they discard them? I’d love to get my hands on a couple.

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

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#4 posted 05-05-2013 10:56 PM

Very Nice!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 11:00 PM

Hi Cajun. A buddy of mine stopped into a local alley and asked for a couple and they gave him a box full.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 11:31 PM

I made one a few years ago but the bowling pin had hollow spots in it that I had to fill with epoxy. It still turned out to be a handy project. Seems like I read somewhere else that others had the same problem with some of their bowling pins but not all of them.

Bob, your mallet sure looks nice!!!


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Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 02:05 AM

Yes, you are correct. The original layout of this was an inch longer head. When I hit the voids, the design change was to cut 1” off the top. Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 05-06-2013 03:27 AM

Repurpose ,repurpose is a nice way to go and the price is right .
Great job Bob , you made a nice and useful tool .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 05-06-2013 12:24 PM

Now you have to start mallet carving…

-- Steven

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#10 posted 05-06-2013 12:37 PM

Very resourceful and a great mallet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 05-08-2013 02:12 PM

Great way to recycle bowling pins, turned into a good looking mallet. Like the shape especially on the handles.

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#12 posted 05-09-2013 01:03 AM

Great idea, thx for sharing

-- TurnTurnTurn

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