Bowling ball on lathe

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Forum topic by paplou posted 01-29-2012 05:59 AM 3150 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 05:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

Has anyone tried to turn a bowling ball on a lathe and how did it work out. would like to make a thin wall bowl for a trophy. can it be done.


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#1 posted 01-29-2012 06:18 AM

I’d like to see that!!!

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 09:38 AM

Wait- you want to MAKE a bowling ball? Or use one to turn? What the heck is a bowling ball made of anyway? The kind of material used is very important. Are they made in layers? oh gawd, I am such a bowling dummy.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 03:02 PM

LJ Capn Eddie has a great video on turning a hollow sphere.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 03:25 PM

Bowling balls have core material that you may not want to machine into.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 04:46 PM

Here’s part 2.

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 04:34 AM

Paplou I have turned several bowling balls into bowls they are quite nice and fun to do you have to go slow and keep your tools sharp I think you should give it a try

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#7 posted 04-21-2015 04:50 AM

That sounds real Red Green. You got to make a YouTube for everyone to enjoy!

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#8 posted 01-27-2016 07:50 PM

I know this short thread is now 4yr old, BUT I found a need to turn such a ball/ornament for a Xmas tree restoration. I never tire of Cap’n Eddie!

Great links, and still working!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 01-27-2016 08:39 PM

Izzy made one on a table saw.
sorry, not a lathe. But dang if this aint neat.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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