Using Rubber Dog Chew Balls for a pet bed

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Forum topic by LissasAntiques posted 11-06-2013 03:43 PM 1103 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 03:43 PM

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I want to fasten rubber dog chew balls (that look like tennis balls) but are solid rubber to the bottom of a pet bed I’m working on, I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas as to how to drill in the balls to fasten them with screws from the inside of the bed? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 11-06-2013 03:50 PM

My sm,art a$$ed answer would be to use a drill.
Now that I have that out of the way, isn’t the ball(s) a soft rubber? If so, you’re gonna have to glue them in place. A screw won’t hold in a soft, spongy ball.
More details from you would help.


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#2 posted 11-06-2013 04:46 PM

skip the screws, through bolt it. Drill though the ball and then counterbore the bottom enough for a washer and nut.

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 04:56 PM

The balls themselves are solid rubber no bounce specifically made for dogs to chew on. I wanted to fastem from inside to the bottom with no screw or drill holes showing, just wanted to know if anyone had tips or had ever done such a thing before. Thanks so much for ghe replies!

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 01:28 PM

I cut a rubber ball in half, glued it to wood for a guitar stand. Different application. I remember seeing someone use hockey pucks. They drilled with a forstner bit the size of the bolt head and filled with epoxy. They used it for leveling a cabinet. But you want to fasten them without screws and thru holes. Would the mattress cover any screw heads? If they are counter sunk and covered it should not be a problem. Maybe seeing the design would be more helpful.

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 03:04 PM

Sorry, I just can’t picture in my mind what you are trying to do, but I will throw this out there. I made some tongue drums and is used rubber balls on the mallets. I was able to drill them on the drill press using a brad point bit. Make a little frame the size the ball will fit in to hold it in place and shape while drilling. Drill about 1/2 way through the ball. You could fasten them to whatever you are fastening them to by glueing them to wood dowels.

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