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Project by Elizabeth posted 296 days ago 1912 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As discussed in a recent thread, I needed to find a way to safely drill holes in rubber balls to put on the end of a child’s drumsticks. After receiving lots of suggestions from my fellow Jocks, I ended up a) freezing the balls and b) making a rubber ball sandwich. The freezing (chest freezer for a few days) didn’t actually get them very cold/solid particularly, but it kept the outside of the ball from getting damaged by being held in the jig. There was no difference in drilling the frozen vs unfrozen ball.

Here’s the jig – two scrap pieces from a bed project a couple years back, two leftover bolts from a swing set, and a bunch of drilled holes. I didn’t even need the wingnuts I found to put on the end of the bolts – they aligned everything without needing to be fixed in place and it made disassembly easier too. The larger holes were drilled with a forstner bit. I recommend slightly rounding the edges of the holes that hold the ball, as they damaged the unfrozen ball slightly.

Final steps were to superglue the dowel end into the hole and apply two coats of Plasti-Dip which was in stock at Harbor Freight.

One of the bolts is slightly loose in the jig because I didn’t get the larger hole quite centered and had to do another one, so the press fit didn’t quite work out. If it bugs me I can always epoxy the bolt head into place.





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 296 days ago

Those sticks look better than factory from here.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 296 days ago

Very cool. Love the jig.

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MarkTheFiddler

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#3 posted 296 days ago

Very clever! Thanks for the share.

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#4 posted 296 days ago

Great solution!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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kiefer

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#5 posted 296 days ago

I would have given the kids the ball and stick and said go play .LOL
Great solution and thanks for passing it on ,may need it down the road .

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 296 days ago

Glad you were able to find a way to drill the rubber balls Elizabeth.

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#7 posted 296 days ago

Well done.

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 295 days ago

I like the rubber ball idea! I had some 1” threaded polyethelene balls (salvaged from something I don’t recall) that I used but they were not robust enough for kids.

But, why not wood since you covered them with Plastidip?

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 295 days ago

Very inventive, good jig.

Jamie

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hoss12992

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#10 posted 295 days ago

This is really cool. Great jig. Thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 295 days ago

Great jig love it.

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Diggerjacks

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#12 posted 295 days ago

Hello Elizabeth

A very ingenius jig simple and effective

In my favorite for a future project

Thanks for sharing

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stefang

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#13 posted 295 days ago

Well done jig and a great result too.

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Elizabeth

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#14 posted 293 days ago

Thanks for the comments all!

Oldnovice, to answer your question – the rubber ball bounces better, and when he is old enough to reliably not try to eat them I can skip the plastidip stage entirely and then he can have the patterns that show on the actual rubber balls. Some of them are pretty cool looking.

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