Fill in time project
This started out to be a quick in between project that took heaps longer than I anticipated.
I saw on you-tube once a golf ball inserted into a piece of wood and thought one day I will give it a go.
My son works in a bearing supplies, so I decided to use a 5/8" steel ball bearing instead of a golf ball.
For my first couple of trials I used pine but I made it too big and also I was not happy with the look.
Next I found an old piece of hardwood house frame with tight grain that machined up just right. With quite some trial and error (slots to small, slots to short, not soft enough) I settled on this size.
First, set it out and drill the holes, must be in the center.
A quick clean up.
After a several failures I found it needed to be boiled for at least 45 minutes not just placed in hot water to have a chance.
Because I have it tight to make the look right my fail rate is high. I get one out of three to go in.
When the hardwood dries out it was still out of shape so I sand it square. This makes the rails slightly thinner which add's to the allusion.
Then after I have finished sanding I apply a coat or two of shellac and we are ready to go.
I carry this in my pocket to show people from time to time, which gets lots of different comments.
By the way I made my son's boss one and he gave me some bearings for free.