Let me show you how all hope is not lost, and neither is the time in between your All-Terrain Bocce Ball matches.
Step 1: It's Broken, Now What?
Items you'll need:
- Two 2"x1/4" bolts
- 1/4" coupler
- Small tube of epoxy
Tools you'll need:
- Drill press (1/4" bit, 5/8" bit, and a countersink bit)
- Packing tape
- Screw Driver
- Epoxy applicator
Step 2: Drill One Important Hole, Then Two Other Ones.
Then find the most perpendicular point from the horizontal break to drill through with the 1/4" bit. This will be approximately the furthest area away from the break on either side. Counter punch these spots then drill all the way through. WARNING: A dusk mask may be wanted/needed at this point, resin will go flying during this process.
After your through with the 1/4" bit, do not take the tape off, instead insert your countersink bit and take enough out of each end so the diameter of your bolt is slightly smaller, leaving the bolt a hair below the surface of the ball.
Step 3: Making Space for the Coupler
I had the luxury of a lathe, so I turned my own coupler which is always a treat to have something perfectly true. Still, most store bought couplers should work. At this point, match up a drill bit with the diameter of your coupler - The hole should be a hair wider then the coupler.
Go ahead and split the length of the coupler and sink that into either side of the inside of the bocce ball. This will carve out an area for the coupler to receive both bolts entering from either side. The hole on each side should also go a hair deeper then the coupler to allow for a little room for tightening, leaving it tension free.
Step 4: Dry Run
Always good to do a dry run.
Step 5: For Good Measure...
Your 1/4" bit will work for this.
Step 6: Bocce Ball, Meet Epoxy.
Scrape away any seeping epoxy until it stops.
Step 7: Game On.
Oh, and watch out for those darn rocks.