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Turning a Wooden Foosball Player

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One of the Foosball players broke on our table recently and I figured I'd try something a little different: turn a wooden Foosball player on the lathe.

This little guy may not be regulation, but he sure does look sweet.

Note: this Instructable is for people who are familiar and comfortable with the lathe.  Do not attempt this if you have never used the lathe before.  And always wear eye protection and a dust mask when operating power tools.

You'll need a lathe, a power sander, a wood blank (I used walnut), sand paper, and a drill press.
 
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Step 1: Wooden Blank

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I used 2" x 2" walnut stock, I bought it from Woodcraft.  I think maple or cherry would work just as well.

The overall length of the broken player I had was about 4.25" long.  So I cut the blank to 6" long to give extra material on both ends.

I recommend using square stock that is pretty close to square, it makes the next step easier. 

Step 2: Drill Holes

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Make a mark around the wooden blank at about 2/3 of the length.  Find the center of the mark on one face and drill a 1/8" through hole using the drill press.  Flip the blank 90 degrees, find the center of the mark on this face and drill a 5/8" through hole using the drill press.  For this hole I used a Forstner bit to ensure a clean hole.

Note: If you are making one of these for a particular table, you should double check the measurements of your table's rods and mounting screws before you drill the holes.  You want the player to have a tight fit on the rod.
I think a table with the two teams in different colors of wood would be pretty slick looking.
agree, Great job on this one.
That's beautiful cant wait to see the whole table next are you going to make a wooden inlay and soccer balls?
This is just gorgeous! Are you tempted to create an entirely new set? I love your take on the design.
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