Drilling Spheres

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A friend gave me a bag of billiard balls. I figured I’d make some coat racks out of them.

Holding them to drill holes to insert dowels can be a challenge. However, a piece of plywood I use under material I’m drilling was sitting on the drill press table and a hole about the right size to hold a ball. Another piece of ply was near it for the next drill job, if I needed a clean backer. Of course, the first piece, with a hole, held the ball, and the other allowed me to position my Jorgensen clamp to clamp the ball.

A quick twist or two and I was ready to ruin billiard balls, and gain a coat rack.

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I’m really surprised that you haven’t gotten any comments. I’ve got an 8 ball that I want to drill for a shifter knob, for the ‘31 Model A pickup. Haven’t done it, as I haven’t come up with a good way. Found it with your post, though.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Keith "Shin" Schindler

Great solution. Thanks for sharing this tip.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

I’m anxious to see the finished coat rack. Be sure and post a picture. I am new to this site, but have already benefited from the many great suggestions like yours.

-- Created with Love by Tomas

Great idea. I have an old set I think maybe now I will do something with. Thank you.

-- Jack

If I needed to drill into a sphere I’d use the same sort of fixture. The only thing I’d do differently is I’d drill a pilot hole about 90% of finished depth first to encourage the larger bit to go where it’s supposed to.