|Project by CanuckMike||posted 01-22-2014 12:40 AM||1053 views||4 times favorited||3 comments|
So my son’s favourite sport is baseball and we go to many Detroit Tigers games. When we are lucky enough to watch the Tigers batting practice my son asks the players shagging the fly balls in the outfield to throw him a ball and they often do. So over a few seasons he has quite the collection of major league balls not to mention souvenir balls that people buy for him. So I wanted to create a couple of display racks to hold all of these balls. I looked online and saw something that inspired me so I adapted it to my needs and designed this. It is a home plate looking back with 3 ball shelves and a bracket to hold a bat.
So I first measured the size of balls and determined the size that the shelves would have to be. Then I accounted for some space and determined the size required for the wall bracket. I then cut the wall plates and then cut dados to hold the shelves. I then cut all 6 shelves and designed and cut 2 bat brackets. I then chamfered all of the outward facing edges to soften it up. I also equally spaced out and used a forstner bit to drill large recesses that enable the balls to sit nicely in place on the shelves. I also predrilled an counter sunk mounting holes and then painted the units.
I was happy with the way they turned out with the exception of where the bat bracket joins the back plate. I cut a through mortice because I wanted to maximize the strength of the joint for downward force. Good idea however I screwed up when I was chamfering the edges of the brackets and so there were gaps that showed the mortice. Since I was painting these I easily fixed the problem with some caulking. If I did it again I would have just used a biscuit to attach it. The bat isn’t that heavy so it would be just fine with just a biscuit or dowels or even screws.
Anyway I am happy with they way they turned out and they add a nice touch hung up in my son’s room.