Five layer ball #1: Making ball and first holes

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Blog entry by Yuri posted 02-26-2012 05:35 AM 7794 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is three part blog on making five layer two inch diameter ball. Actually, one ball with 4 dodecahedrons inside (ball made from maple).

Start with the thorough calculation and drawing. Marking twelve centers on the ball can be found on my first blog

2×2x3 bubinga wood

Cut to size

Shaped and polished

I end up using only firs and third tool bits

Miniature lathe setup

About to make a first cut

Made two layers

All four layers on the second hole. Arrow is pointed to the openings between the holes

Forth layer is made “blindly”, so, work done only by dials/lcd.

First and the next 5 holes where made same way.


-- Live to Learn

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 10:22 AM

Wow Yuri! this is really high tech compared to what I’m trying to do. You obviously have skills way beyond just woodworking. With that set-up you could quickly produce large quantities of these balls. Extremely well done and a creative approach too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 10:58 PM

Great idea and use of resources

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 09:03 AM

ok so how did you make the damn balls in the balls i want a damn video cause i dont get it and i am not stupid but you are very clever indeed

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