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.

Step 1: Wooden Blank

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. 
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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