Category: Turned Hollow Wood Balls

Carving on a hollow ball

  The biggest challenge for me so far, other than doing the layout drawing was to figure out how to hold the ball while carving and not break it since the glue joints are so small.    This jig allowed me to support the ball from the part of the ball taking the pressure of [...]

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How To Make A Box For Turning

In the last posts, I outlined the method of mounting and turning  a hollow wooden ball.  Going backwards a little, these are the basic order of events that I use to make the box for turning. I just finished a run of 8 balls made out of woods of different thicknesses. Using the proportion formula [...]

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Ball Geometry

After making quite a few balls, I decided I wanted to understand the relationship between the material thickness, the ball diameter and the size of the resulting hole. It would be nice to have a simple formula to figure out how thick the stock should be for a certain size ball or if I found [...]

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Hollow Box Ball

1. I started out by making a hollow box, mitering all the edges. The thickness of the material is proportional to the size of the finished ball, too thin and you will cut through the glue joints. For a given size box, this affects how large the triangular openings will be. 2. The teak box [...]

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