DIY Baseball Bookends

It’s time for another round of projects from the Power Tool Design Team girls.  This month our theme is spring.  Since spring and baseball go hand-in-hand, my DIY Baseball Bookends are a perfect project for the season.

Baseball Bookends - A Tutorial

The Power Tool Design Team girls hope to inspire women to use power tools.  Each month we share projects meant to inspire women to get into the workshop and use those tools.  In January I shared a Wood Crate Key Organizer and in February an Industrial Paper Towel Holder.  I can’t wait to see what the other ladies share for our spring theme.

 

How to Make DIY Baseball Bookends

 

Supplies  *Affiliate links are included for your convenience.*

6 Baseballs  (Also available at Walmart.)

2 T-Posts

3/8” Dowel

E6000 Glue

Wood Glue

Drill Press (or drill)

3/8” Drill Bit

Band Saw (or saw)

Sharpie

Utility Knife

Palm Sander

Clamps

Clamping Squares

 

Baseball Bookend Supples

 

Procedure

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends - Dowel Pieces Cut 6 (1 1/2”) pieces of a 3/8” dowel using a band saw.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends - Dowel Pieces Rounded Round both ends of each dowel piece to make them easier to insert into the holes in the baseballs.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends Decide on the graphic placement of the two baseballs that will be on the bottom of the bookend.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends Using a 3/8” bit and a drill press, drill a hole on the side of one ball.  Use a utility knife to trim away the excess leather from the top of the hole.  This will make it easier to insert the dowel into the hole in a later step.

 

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends

To help to figure out where the hole should go for the second ball, rub a Sharpie around the hole, line up the two balls and press to make a mark where the hole should go.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends

Use the mark made to drill a hole in the second ball.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends Temporarily attach the bottom two balls together with a dowel rod.  Stack the third ball between them and mark the placement of where the holes should go to connect the third ball and one of the bottom balls.  Drill holes.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends Here you can see the holes with dowels temporarily in place.  Before gluing make sure that the angle of the holes is correct and also that the holes are deep enough.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends After making sure that the fit is correct, apply glue to the dowel ends to glue the balls together.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends Now three baseballs are glued together.  Repeat these steps with three more balls.

 

How to Make Baseball Bookends

Apply E6000 glue to the bottom of the balls and press into place on the t-bar.   Clamping squares keep the balls upright and square until the glue dries.

 

DIY Baseball Bookends - Learn how to make your own! After the glue dries the bookends are ready to be used.

 

 

DIY Baseball Bookends - Learn how to make a set for your home. virginiasweetpea.com These bookends are perfect to use in a child’s bedroom or in a baseball fan’s office.

 

 

How To Make Baseball Bookends - Get the full tutorial at virginiasweetpea.comThe glove on the left was my grandfather’s and could date to the 30’s or earlier.  The one on the right was my dad’s from the 1950’s.

 

DIY Baseball Bookends - Learn how to make your own. virginiasweetpea.com I’m thrilled with this project and plan to use these bookends in my father-in-law’s room at the lake.  He’s a huge baseball fan and I know that he’ll like having these bookends on his dresser.  They’ll also go along with the Americana theme that I’m using for his decor.

 

Easy Power Tool Projects for SpringClick on the links below to visit the projects that my friends are sharing for this month’s Spring theme.

Chevron Wood Easter Egg by Kim Six Fix

Fruit and Vegetable Bin by by Designs By Studio C

Wooden Swing Shelf by Domestically Speaking

Wooden Easter Eggs by Create And Babble

Repurposed Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces

Planter Box Centerpiece by Refresh Restyle

Upcycled Drawer Front Planter by Confessions of A Seral DIY’er

Rustic 3 Panel Wall Decor by Designed Decor

Key West DIY Wood Planter Box by H2OBungalow

Baseball Bookends by Virginia Sweet Pea

Chair Back Bird Feeder by Interior Frugalista

Wood Slice Rolling Plant Stand by My Repurposed Life

Comments

  1. This is such a unique idea – I love it! I am sure your father-in-law will love them in his room at the lake!
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    • Sweet Pea says:

      I think he will, Megan. I’ll bet that he’ll add some vintage Chicago Cubs things to the vignette that I create in his room.

      Paula

  2. Very clever and cute idea, Paula!
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  3. LOVE them… my son would have flipped for those when he was younger.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Maryann! I’m hoping to make a few sets for my shop because I know baseball lovers would buy them, especially moms with kids who are baseball obsessed.

      Paula

  4. Those are fantastic, Paula!!
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  5. Paula

    your baseball bookends look fabulous! Super tutorial!

    pinning
    gail
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  6. You are so creative, Paula! I love this idea!! XO
    Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer recently posted…How to Turn a Drawer Front into a PlanterMy Profile

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Christy! They were fun to make and I think that my father-in-law will really like them in his room at the lake.

      Paula

  7. Paula, Your bookeneds are so smart! My nephew would flip over them. Such a good project and even more special with the vintage gloves you have.
    Wendi @ H2OBungalow recently posted…Key West DIY Wood Planter BoxMy Profile

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Wendi! I think I might display the gloves along with the bookends in my father-in-law’s room at the lake. He may even have some other neat vintage baseball things to add to the vignette.

      Paula

  8. My grandsons will love these! Such a great idea! Love them!
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  9. This is my favorite project from the challenge. I love how it turned out!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      You are so sweet, Kim! When you are at SML this summer, you’ll have to swing by the house to see them in my father-in-law’s room. 🙂

      Paula

  10. What a cute project! My boys would absolutely love this!!! Thanks Paula! pinning!
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