Tai Chi Ball

Mrfixit71

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Rich
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My son has a side business of making martial arts practice weapons, mostly out of white oak, and often gets asked about other woodworking projects, like cutting boards, charcuterie boards, recently was asked about a tai chi ball. Since he doesn't do much turning and I mostly turn bowls, I said I'd give it a try.

The client wanted an 8-8 1/2" diameter ball, so I went to me supply of wood that hadn't found a project yet (AKA scrap) and glued up a blank (red oak, cherry, spalted maple, and hickory). This is the first time I've tried turning a sphere and it turned out better than expected. It's about 8 1/4" diameter of wood (solid, not hollow) and weighs about 8 pounds. A coat of shellac to raise the grain, light sanding, and two coats of paste wax.

Tai Chi Balls

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creasman

Jim
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Very nice! Did you use any special technique to get it round? I've seen examples of various jigs used to make spheres.
 

Mrfixit71

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Rich
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The only jig I used was to cut a half circle out of 1/4" plywood and used the concave side as a gauge to fine tune the circumference. There are several YouTube videos on turning spheres without jigs that I watched.
 

Graywolf

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Richard
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Great job Rich. I’ve been thinking about those, I get asked to make practice sticks and swords a lot and have been interested in the ball for a while
 

Mrfixit71

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Rich
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Nicely done. I have not been so ambitious on the lathe, but that is inspirational.
I'd never heard of them until my son asked if I could make one. I've watched a couple videos on turning spheres but never tried to turn one. It was a challenge to myself to see if I could do one.
 

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