Jay Scott has been working on a commission for a golf ball display and Kody Kammer has made some holders for his family.
Wenge & Maple Golf Ball Carousel
Six weeks, about 72 hours of work, not including drying time. I don’t know if this was my most ambitious project, but the extra challenge of the four Wenge platters made it a very good learning curve. That is certainly a harder species of hardwood, but so shiny right off a sharp edge.
My mother’s dear friend, and mother to two of my lifelong friends, requested a golf ball display for the many souvenir balls that she and her husband had picked up during their life together golfing at a lot of unique courses, collecting a ball wherever they went. She chose Wenge for the platters and I selected my nicest maple for the base and the martini tee supports, spalted curly maple topping the carousel. The platters and tees rotating in perfect silence on a 6204 bearing, the display is 11 3/4″ tall and 9″ in diameter. Each tier holds 12 balls, 48 divots in total. Each component was sanded to 800 grit, sealed with shellac, polished with Yorkshire Grit regular and microfine, then completed with a mix of carnauba and beeswax. The platters were buffed on a triple cloth wheel system to restore the lustre following the divot process.
Tooting my own horn, I’m pleased with my precision and joinery for the most part. That said, epoxy did save the day over wood glue, in one instance. I’ve learned a lot and can see how my skill improved because of it. That said, I think I’ve had enough precision for awhile. I’m looking forward to one piece of wood, turned however my creativity desires.
The maple for the base and the Wenge for the platters was purchased at YXE Wood Select. Oliver was a great help.
I decided to make a pen cup for all my family for an Easter gift. Here are some images to give a view of the resin pours and the wood interaction.