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  • Cutting wooden balls in half?

    What's the best way to do it? There's gotta be a (safe) way.

    Ed
    Do you know about kickback? Ray has a good writeup here... https://www.sawdustzone.org/articles...mare-explained

    For a kickback demonstration video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/910584...demonstration/

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    Need to know a few details.

    What is the wood?
    What is the diameter?
    What is the project?
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    • #3
      how big and do you care if you mark the outside, at all, a lot or a little?
      Jon

      Phoenix AZ - It's a dry heat
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      • #4
        Hi Ed

        I found some jig for a band saw but maybe it will work also for table saw.

        Please have a look http://community.woodmagazine.com/dg...yCurrentPage=0

        Regards
        niki

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        • #5
          I made something some time ago very similar to the one Niki posted above. It was a one-time thing, so I used the parts on other projects, but it worked very well. Used a 3" hole saw for the holding indents, and a standard door hinge to hold one end of the two pieces together, then ran it on the bandsaw.

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          • #6
            If you have a band-saw, I'd fab up a splitter so you can guide the ball through the blade. It's not the spinning as much as twisting or cutting straight. I WOULD NOT try it on a table saw. I've used a splitter to cut dowels that uses that principle. I'm sure it would cut spheres just as easy.

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            • #7
              first you get uma thurman aka Black mamba. Then you give her a Hattori Hanzo sword. then you throw the balls at her.

              To understand this you have to have seen Kill Bill I and the scene with the Baseball.
              Last edited by LCHIEN; 02-22-2008, 10:35 PM.
              Loring in Katy, TX USA
              If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by LCHIEN View Post
                first you get umma thurmon aka Black mamba. Then you give her a Hattori Hanzo sword. then you throw the balls at her.

                To understand this you have to have seen Kill Bill I and the scene with the Baseball.
                I have cut a baseball in half with a katana. Not a thrown one, mind you, but on a tee. Amazing how much material is contained in those windings. I sure wouldn't try it with a solid wooden ball, though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LCHIEN View Post
                  first you get umma thurmon aka Black mamba. Then you give her a Hattori Hanzo sword. then you throw the balls at her.

                  To understand this you have to have seen Kill Bill I and the scene with the Baseball.
                  LOL can she resaw some panels I have the same way?
                  Jon

                  Phoenix AZ - It's a dry heat
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                  We all make mistakes and I should know I've made enough of them
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cabinetman View Post
                    Need to know a few details.

                    What is the wood?
                    What is the diameter?
                    What is the project?
                    .
                    I don't have a project. I don't even have a ball. Just happened to think about how I would cut the ball if I had to.

                    The link Niki posted looks promising. Now I just might have to try it in case anyone asks me how to do it.

                    Ed
                    Do you know about kickback? Ray has a good writeup here... https://www.sawdustzone.org/articles...mare-explained

                    For a kickback demonstration video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/910584...demonstration/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Uncle Cracker View Post
                      I have cut a baseball in half with a katana. Not a thrown one, mind you, but on a tee. Amazing how much material is contained in those windings. I sure wouldn't try it with a solid wooden ball, though.

                      unless of course, you were weilding an H. Hanzo blade.
                      Loring in Katy, TX USA
                      If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
                      BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ed62 View Post
                        I don't have a project. I don't even have a ball. Just happened to think about how I would cut the ball if I had to.


                        talk of chicken and egg...


                        reminds me of an oriental wise-crack : like somebody roaming around with a key in hand, searching for a lock it could open

                        It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
                        - Aristotle

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LCHIEN View Post
                          unless of course, you were weilding an H. Hanzo blade.
                          Even the best blade cannot entirely overcome marginal skills such as mine, despite many years or training.

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                          • #14
                            how bout you use on of those 45 degree miter sleds and turn it around so the ball is nested in the square then hold it down with a board with a hole in it like earlier

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                            Phil In Ohio
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by radhak View Post


                              talk of chicken and egg...


                              reminds me of an oriental wise-crack : like somebody roaming around with a key in hand, searching for a lock it could open


                              Man, that starts my day off with a laugh. Click here to join me.
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