So a buddy of mine is an avid bowler. He even has a part time job doing maintenance at a local alley... He brought me a dozen pins the other day and I'm not exactly sure what to do with them, but I'm a wood turner and I loves me some free wood!!!
Upon my first close examination of these, I realized they are coated in plastic. Very thick and SHARP plastic...
The first thing I did was try to "turn the coating off with my lathe. no way that is happening... do not attempt this.. The plastic is too soft and flexible.. The tools dig right into it and stall the machine (if your lucky)....
I did however find a way to get it done... Note also: this will potentially scratch and gouge the wood. so be careful...
take time for safety: you are working with sharp tools and sharp plastic along with hammers. wear your proper safety equipment and do not attempt this without safety glasses at the very least. also keep in mind the sharp point of your chisel. do not point it toward you or anybody else.
Step 1: Gather your tools...
Tools I used are as follows
screwdriver (not pictured)