DIY Pokeball – Using a $10 Table Round

I am a self professed nerd…I have been honest about that from the get-go. So when I tell you that 1.) I watched/played Pokémon growing up and 2.) I decided to make a Pokeball wall art piece you should not be surprised…and overall this project took me just under 4 hours (which is pretty quick…)

Video enabled at 5:00 pm 9/22/20!

I’ve seen these new Gigantamax Pokeballs all the kids are talking about. And as I was walking through my local Lowes, I spotted it…a $10, 15″ table round. And fresh off my Captain America shield I thought “Why not make a Pokeball?”.

First, I had to figure out the appropriate dimensions. I could not find anything reliable online, so I bought a Pokeball tin and put my 4 year engineering degree to work and created a SPREADSHEET. I have included it here, and you can use it to calculate the dimensions for ANY SIZE POKEBALL YOU WANT!

After I calculated the dimensions for my 15″ Pokeball, I decided to use my trusty partner Pikachu (aka my Dremel, link to it here) to engrave some definition into my Pokeball. I worked in small sections, and carved out the areas. I had to use wood filler to patch some of my mishaps, and after I sanded the wood filler down I moved on to staining.

I used my trusty Charizard (aka Minwax pre-stain, stain, and polycrylic) to stain and seal my piece. I used the Minwax Pure White, Minwax Crimson, and Minwax Black stain colors in the water based stain that has the highest of the high solid concentrations. I did two coats of the Crimson and Black Stains, and I sealed the piece with two coats of polycrylic.

Now I am off to leave my family and catch some Pokémon…what could possibly go wrong?

Published by Ethan P.

Ethan is a 30-something that wants to retire early to spend more time with family (like most people). Ethan enjoys talking in the third person, long walks on the beach, pizza, and nerdy things like Star Wars, superheroes, and saving money....but not Clue...Ethan does not enjoy Clue.

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