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Since spring and baseball go hand-in-hand, DIY Baseball Bookends are a perfect project for the season.
A set of baseball bookends is a DIY idea for anyone who loves baseball. New or used baseballs can be used to make the bookends.
How to Make DIY Baseball Bookends
This project isn’t difficult to make and it’s a great gift idea.
- 6 Baseballs
- 2 T-Posts
- 3/8″ Dowell
- E6000 Glue
- Wood Glue
- Drill Press or Drill with 3/8″ Drill Bit
- Band Saw or Saw
- Utility Knife
- Palm Sander
- Clamps (Our favorite)
- Clamping Square (Super handy tool to have in your DIY arsenal!)
Making the Baseball Bookends
Cut 6 (1 1/2”) pieces of a 3/8” dowel using a band saw.
Round both ends of each dowel piece to make them easier to insert into the holes in the baseballs.
Decide on the graphic placement of the two baseballs that will be on the bottom of the bookend.
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.
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.
Use the mark made to drill a hole in the second ball.
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.
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.
After making sure that the fit is correct, apply glue to the dowel ends to glue the balls together.
Now three baseballs are glued together. Repeat these steps with three more balls for the second bookend.
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.
After the glue dries the bookends are ready to be used.
Enjoy the Baseball Bookends
Baseball bookends are perfect to use in a child’s bedroom or in a baseball fan’s office.
The glove on the left was my grandfather’s and the one on the right was my dad’s. You can see more of my grandad and dad’s vintage baseball gloves here.
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.
This project is part of a Spring Power Tool Team Challenge. Check out all of the projects shared by clicking on the links below.
Click on the links below to visit the projects that my friends are sharing for this month’s Spring theme.
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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