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My niece’s son recently had his first birthday, and I wanted to make him a toy. He derived his name from Nolan Ryan of baseball fame, so I decided, why not a BALL. This was my first ball, and first segmented lathe work. I learned a lot, and need to learn a lot more. The woods are maple (lettering), madrone, acacia (local yard tree), and bubinga. Finish is shellac.
I started with the hardest layer.
A trip to the shooting board ensures tight joints.
Turned from faceplate, with cup tailstock support. Then parted off of faceplate, and turned between faceplate cup and tailstock cup.
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Nice job on the ball. I am interested in the lathe. Is it your own design? If so, could you part with some details as to how it was conceived and constructed? Thanks
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