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Forum topic by Marcus posted 02-11-2013 04:31 PM 1002 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2013 04:31 PM

So I traveled off to a different lumberyard and while waiting around, noticed this puzzle sitting by a window:

I looked at it for a few minutes, did not see any glue lines or the like. It appears to have been cut w/ forstner bits. All 4 sides are the same. The golf ball can move freely, but of course will not come out.

Due to some bad service, I ended up walking out after about not being helped for 15 minutes, so never got a chance to ask about the puzzle. It’s been pugging me ever since. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 04:35 PM

The ball was dehydrated, then rehydrated ?

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 04:36 PM

I suppose anything is possible, but it appeared to be a standard golf ball.

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 04:37 PM

The wood was soaked in hot water/steam then compressed. Imagine that oval shaped hole as a circle. The golf ball would fit right in.

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 04:42 PM

That was my thought too LumberJoe, but just surprised that the wood “bounced back” so square.

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 04:46 PM

Kinda like the nail in the 2×4 trick.

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 04:48 PM

Ahhh, rats! you just had to tell him! LOL

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 04:52 PM

Perhaps through heat and water as the others say. However, it makes a nice conversation piece for sure. I bet they would sell.

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 05:01 PM

I made some of those as Christmas gifts a few years ago. They went over quite well.

I also made some with 5 marbles inside. They make a great rattle for a young kid and drive the parents crazy.

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 07:13 PM

Do you realize how many guys will be notching and BOILING a 2×4 in the next few days? LOL
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#10 posted 02-11-2013 07:26 PM

The fun thing will be to see how many show up on or the like in the next week.

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 08:06 PM

An inflatable golf ball…

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 08:39 PM

The tree grew around it and they just cut windows.

If you try this, probably better to use air dried lumber.


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#13 posted 02-11-2013 11:04 PM

I did a lot of whittling as a kid. One common whittling project was the ball in a cage. It was just a matter of whittling the ball in place, gradually freeing it from the surrounding cage, and rounding it. Took some manual dexterity and patience, but not really hard to do. It’s possible the golf ball is a fake, carved in place, dimpled and painted to look real. But I agree the other ideas are probably right.

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