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#1 TimV

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:42 AM

I was asked to cut a golf ball in half for a trophy plaque. I was thinking of using a wooden screw clamp with the bandsaw. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations of how to cut a sphere in half?

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:45 AM

Nine iron :rolleyes:
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#3 Rob Horton

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 05:47 AM

Do both halves need to be presentable? Or can you screw the ball onto a board for passage through the saw? (i.e. the falloff would be presentable but the other side would have a hole in it.)

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:04 AM

Try a dot of hot melt glue to hold it to a carrier board. I would use 2 points of contact in an L shape, back and side to prevent any twist or spin.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:11 AM

All these out of work comedians capnjack.....

No both halves do not need to be presentable because they want the logo visible. There is only one logo per golf ball so I will cut two in half so I can use two halves each with the logo.

Will the hot glue will resist the force on the bandsaw?

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:46 AM

I'd be most inclined to slice it with a very sharp blade. Seriously, no pun intended. Think guillitine <sp?> trimmer, or plane iron in a bagel slicer type of guide... If a power tool blade catches, and the ball doesn't stay attached to the carrier, things can get ugly in a hurry.

I've sliced many, many, tennis balls that were being repurposed as school chair silencers. A few hundred were done on my bandsaw. Here or there, one would catch, and give me the heebie jeebies. Nowadays, I use a Fein Multimaster or recip saw with a fine blade.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:53 AM

Maybe just do it by hand with a hacksaw?

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 06:54 AM

You got me Russ lol :). Or a pipe cutter

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:06 AM

I was asked to cut a golf ball in half for a trophy plaque. I was thinking of using a wooden screw clamp with the bandsaw. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations of how to cut a sphere in half?


I would just stic with the simple hand screw idea. Be sure to offset your cut for the blade thickness so you hactually have half. Also have a wedge handy to put into the kerf as you pass through the ball. Also make sure you cover your table some balls have a gel core.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 08:15 AM

You could use a golf ball cutter (click on the two small picture for a bigger view). I’m not sure where a U.S. supplier is. Or, if you know someone who runs a picture framing shop, they may have one of these you could try. Here’s a guy who takes the covers off of golf balls to carve caricatures into the underlying rubber. He’s modified a PVC pipe cutter to cut through the cover, but like the golf ball cutter, it looks like it may cut all the way through. It also looks like a lot of work to do the modifications.

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 09:20 AM

I think Steve Ramsey had a video involving cutting a golf ball. Hope this helps.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

Be very careful, to my understanding the center of a golf ball is under very high compression and when you cut it, it will almost explode! Bottom line is, I certainly would not use any power tools on it.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:50 PM

I know a guy who carves golf balls. Most of them are now filled with a rubber / rubberish material. He uses a really sharp knife (like an X-acto) from what I remember. He tried once to cut one completely in half, and the ball did not separate like he wanted. Since this is exactly what you want, I'd say it should be fine.

If you're feeling cautious, make a home-made "bagel slicer" frame for it with scrap.... bracketed five faces out of six (think cube). Cut through front and top with the band saw so you can see the kerf, leave the sides and back alone. (Okay, maybe just a nibble on the back, so the blade actually goes through...)

I'll see if I can get some photos of his carved golf balls..... they are absolutely amazing...

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:53 PM

I'll see if I can get some photos of his carved golf balls..... they are absolutely amazing...


Okay, not as difficult as I thought it might be... Here's the one display case (with the carved balls) that I know he made. http://picasaweb.goo...Ip_Talv6k9NfLwA

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:42 PM

Got an idea.
A 2x4 10" long
A flat bottom hole just smaller and deeper than the dia. of the ball, a few inches in from one end.
A generous dab of hot glue and pop the ball in.
Set band saw and feed the ball in away from ya.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:07 PM

go to your local driving range and ask them to cut it...
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#17 Nick Feola

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:16 PM

Got an idea.
A 2x4 10" long
A flat bottom hole just smaller and deeper than the dia. of the ball, a few inches in from one end.
A generous dab of hot glue and pop the ball in.
Set band saw and feed the ball in away from ya.


that's the way to go right there!

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:43 PM

go to your local driving range and ask them to cut it...



I vote for this...

#19 Nick Feola

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:37 PM

go to your local driving range and ask them to cut it...


??? :blink: ???

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:45 PM

Got an idea.
A 2x4 10" long
A flat bottom hole just smaller and deeper than the dia. of the ball, a few inches in from one end.
A generous dab of hot glue and pop the ball in.
Set band saw and feed the ball in away from ya.


drill a hole, so you can pop the ball out...





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