Impossible pinball in a wooden cube DANGER EXTREMELY UNSAFE

This is one of my favorites. The pinball in a single piece wooden
block. As you can see, there is no way that a pinball is gonna fit into that hole. So let me show you how you can do this. This wooden cube right here is about
two and a half inches (all the way around). ..but I think this one i’m gonna make two
and a quarter. and here is the size of a pinball (or at
least the pinball that i’m going to be using). For the holes, I’m going to be using a seven
eighths inch spade bit. You need to find solid piece of softwood. I’m gonna use poplar for mine, but I would bet that pine would work just as well. If you can’t find anything like that, try checking on the bottom of pallets; alot of times they use these for the bottom part. Originally I wanted to use a nine ball
instead of a pinball, but I couldn’t find a piece big enough for it. Maybe in the future though… Now, I want to get the insides nice and
smooth with a drum sander. It turned out alright… This side got a little messed up, but
that’s because I should probably have been using a forstner bit. But it’ll do just fine. The prototype had a chamfer on it, but on this one I’m going to put a roumd-over. I want this to look a little more round
than it is, so i changed the quarter inch round over bit to a three eighths
roundover bit. The bearing has been set in line with
the fence. That’ll keep this piece from getting
sucked in towards the router bit At this point, you’re probably just annoyed,
and you want to know the secret. But i’m not going to tell you until
tomorrow. Now I’m just gonna let it soak for about
twenty-four hours. See you later. It’s been twenty-four hours and I
replaced the water that was in there with hot water, just in preparation for putting the bearing in, and it’s been fizzing like Alka-seltzer for the last 10 minutes. So I’m going to give it another half an hour just to finish… whatever it is that it’s doing. I’m going to use the vice to press the
pinball into place, so I’m coating the pinball with mineral oil to help it on its way, and into keep it from
rusting over the next couple days. I also made this PVC sleeve that’ll help push the pinball in. To minimize the chance of splitting the
piece while I’m pressing it in, I’m going to be pressing it in through the end-grain. Let me explain why. Let’s take a look at it up close. Now let’s take a look at it up really
close. Consider, by way of analogy, that our block of wood isn’t all that
different in structure from a bundle of drinking straws. In fact,
when you look at wood under a microscope, it looks very much like this. Then, you can imagine that our pinball passes through the end grain
of the wood, with a lot better… alot easier than it would by being pressed
directly through the center. Likewise, driving a chisel through the grain is going to be a lot
easier this way, or through the top of the end grain
itself than it would be to try to drive the chisel
straight through. This analogy also lets us understand why a
cross-grain cut is so much harder to make than a rip-cut. Now I’m gonna let it soak for just about ten
minutes, just to help repair any damage that might have been done when
I pressed it in. I don’t want to dry it out too fast over the next couple of days, or else I run the risk of splitting it. After about three or four days, when it’s
completely dry, I’ll probably use mineral to treat the wood. And then, give it a nice sanding and finish it
with shellac. if you bring out the grain by (with) a nice
finish, then its really apparent that there are no seams in the wood, and that really lends itself to a nice
effect. I really hope you enjoyed the video; thanks
for watching! I guess I should show you how to get the
pinball back out… Captioning by pocket83 🙂


  • James L

    Wow! Six million views, a case where the title is excellent. I wonder how many viewers were expecting a magic trick like I was. Well, it was in the title not in the video. LOL

  • Tony Brewer

    they make a mini set of pool balls the same size as a pinball 16 Pcs 1 inch Mini Billiards Pool Ball Set for Pool Table Game Cue Sports 16th smaller

  • eugene Morrill

    if, as you said, pine will work, why not get a short piece of 4"x4" and cut it to size?

  • ashton fb

    that was funny he said if your wondering how to get the pin ball out I thought the same prosses but he just broke it lol

  • mark caine

    Pointless waste of time to only take out the ball after all that effort

  • fred scholl

    Good video. Well done.

  • Bruce Frank

    Why the UNSAFE warning?

  • TheShorebird

    Pretty neat. Good explanation about wood grain with the straws.

  • Gooseworks Labs

    I Havent watched yet but I assume it involves water heat steam potentially and some kinetic energy to get the ball in, we shall see, yup pretty much what i figured, you could clamp the sides too to help prevent potential splitting.

  • big gay channel

    Magic wow

  • Keith Gunn-Glanville

    Way cool man.

  • g8bdy

    Brilliant conundrum solved

  • Natty Light

    Thumbs up. Enjoyed the vid

  • ppheanix

    Rubbing a small amount of dry hand soap on the wall of the ball hole would reduce likelihood of splitting.

  • Elizabeth De Gunst


  • Sir Droid

    Too bad peeps can't have a little class…
    Great stuff, well done and something i will try!

  • richcollins513

    Use the same theory you used to get in inside to get it outside. What changed? Nothing.

  • fred maruca

    1:45 save me tom cruise lol

  • Mr.E.Shoppa

    is good


    I liked the ending. LOL

  • Jeff Roberts

    how can I buy one of these? awesome for my desk

  • Stenly Spa

    wow! thanks so much for sharing this secret!!! good luck with your work!!!

  • Grace Njuguna

    Haha! Excellent video!

  • George Faris

    A warrant has been issued for the pocket83's arrest in the State Of California for possession of a dangerous cache of straws.
    Reports indicate that he is currently being safe-harbored by Bob Vila.

  • ahmet

    wow great video, thank you.

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  • steve pendleton

    Haha, I think the 'Rants' in your comments are hilarious!
    So many 'Precious' people out there who think it's all about them and their right to criticize someone else's work!
    I'm sure they know where they can stick their Heads!!!

    Oops! Too late, seems it's already up there!

    PS, Did you do a Finger count after the completing the video? <;O)

  • Zach Rollins

    Awesome video man. Stuff like this saves tons of money on gifts for people lol

  • johnnybarbar

    You can remove the ball the same way it was installed with a longer plunger and a backing board with a hole large enough to pass the ball through.

  • Dale Ferdinand

    This makes sense to me. Thank you!

  • Hayden Fuller

    The end killed me inside

  • Johann H.

    Very nice video, although I figured out the trick within the first minute or so I enjoyed watching it and the explanation. I would get the pinball out the same way I put it in, maybe a little more lubricant. Thanks.

  • Buffy McMuffin

    great explanation of how to do it!

  • jd123 456

    Keep on keeping on.
    ps. Cool build.

  • jdawgs place

    that is cool

  • Chris Ward

    Like the ending best !

  • Mike A


  • B Thompson

    I guess I should show how to get the pin ball back out…. hahaha Loved it. Great Vid

  • Nate Walkner

    2:22 sounds just like a dolphin

  • Jordan Thistle

    Before I watch it I am going to guess he uses steam or boiling water to make the wood shrink up so he can put the bearing in it then let it dry and it will close back up.

  • Tee Jay

    I'm very impressed! This is giving me some creative ideas 🙂

  • fhhsvnggbh

    exactly the ending i was thinking, like those stupid connected horseshoes and eings that magically come apart, i just got out the bolt cutters and magic seperate horshoes and rings….

  • Robert Graves

    Thank you so much for demonstrating how the ball gets into the wooden cube. This is a truly good, informative video. Had I not stumbled on this video, I would have been wondering how that ball got inside. I will not duplicate this, but is interesting to see how it's done.

  • mrbendango

    You had me at chiseling out the pinball.

  • Steve Burnell

    Poor pinball was loving it's new home and you go in like a slumlord and bust down it's home.

  • David Brown

    Very clever and a nice job. Thank you for the laugh at the end – great. I do have one question though. You mentioned the ball rusting. Do you think using a hair blow dryer as soon as possible would stop the rusting of the pinball? Very good video. Thank you again.

  • oneofthesixbillion

    So much wealth in this video, all the way to your description. I love the wording you applied to of one of my pet peeves in life, the thoughts that some people allow their selves not only to entertain but to actually speak or write: "comment sections tend towards a natural regression to the literary equivalent of somewhere around a stadium bathroom stall".

  • TheMattc999

    I read your description of the video, and then I saw that you cut the cube with a rounded edge whereas in the thumbnail you showed a chamfered edge, and therefore had to give the video a thumbs down….. Just kidding, that was actually pretty cool.

  • K9 Pirates Lair

    Very cool !

  • Wayne Federico

    Pin ball wizard that was pretty interesting bud.. Carry=on


    nice one

  • Mike M

    you could sell those for a dollar and charge 10 dollars to tell them how you did it.

  • SuperLordHawHaw

    I liked the video because he gets sick of stupid comments too

  • Atlas WalkedAway

    I was going to shamelessly watch and leave without interaction, but then I saw you ripping idiots a new one in the description. If I could give two thumbs up.

  • TheCeilingFanCollectorHD


  • Magic Steve

    I like videos like this, dont really subscribe to a lot of channels, but this guy got my subscription for the video description lol.

  • Randall Langford

    I learned !

  • Cynthia McLaglen

    Really very clever with the knowledge. Thank you! Cynthia McLKaglen

  • Tommy Hicks

    The Key is Soft Wood soaked in water, soft wood swells when soaked, soaking can take a day or two. The miner oil on bearing also helps, after ball is inserted allow wood block to cure or dry out. When it does it will shrink back down to size inside and out. LOL Grandpa was a Carpenter I loved to watch him, my self I started with wood and worked my way up to toolmaker in the steel industry. Nice work Pocket83 you tease


    Wow that was cool!

  • Ken Behrendt

    Apparently soaking wood in water softens it and makes it stretchy enough to press a metal ball through a hole that will be undersized when the wood dries out and shrinks a little. I wonder if this could be done with a metal cube by chilling both the cube and ball and then pressing the ball into the cube?

  • Snoosma

    Shoutouts to the description

  • ufoguyspaceman

    Now, that's entertainment.

  • David Hammond

    Very interesting nice job Thanks for the input

  • TriMoot

    Wow! I had no idea that's how folks did this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lou Webster

    Great stuff. Thanks. I know I will enjoy your other videos.

  • Jay Souza

    Thanks for showing us how the pinball gets in there however I don't understand why you marked out the center of each hole when you used a jig on the drill press.

  • Pierre Rossouw

    The end product was beautiful but, let's be honest, when I saw the clickbait tag, I didn't really come here for the video. You know it's all about the comments.

  • Kirk Hermary

    Very cool!

  • Slap kat

    I initially thought moisture was the key. In saying that I was unaware you could soak timber to such a degree without ruining its structural integrity. Even after soaking i thought the timber would split or break apart when forcing the the ball in the vice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christopher berg II

    Yes I didn't realize some of the comments were talking about your description your description is sweet thank you for that so my assumption on how the pinball wound up in a block of wood was doing exactly what you did up until the water swell I assumed someone cut it in half with the grain and reglued it thanks for the video

  • Tom McGinn

    can we get some of those straws in California they seem to be banned here LOL

  • አምላክ ፍቅር ነው

    reads through the Judgey McJudgerson idiots making idiotic idiots of themselves in the comment section and decides to leave a non judgemental, non idiotic comment myself

    Excellent! I'm not only intrigued by your clever little oddity, I'm super impressed with your woodworking skills. Having practical skills like these are far more valuable than yet another liberal arts degree in (enter useless liberal arts degree here). Now if you did get yourself one of those degrees, at least you have a way to actually make money so you can pay off your loans! 😜

  • vegasdavetv

    very well done sir 👏👏

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  • Mike M

    I love this guys attitude in the comments!

  • Brillo Pad

    If you lie in the title, how can we trust that anything else you claim is true?

  • Brian Fidler

    The second I saw the water I knew where this was going and why… interesting.

  • TheMagnificentZoltar

    Gotta love the FAQ in the description of the video.

  • Spaceman Fabrication

    But do you even vory

  • Perryinjax Studios

    "I am human……free expression"
    You Sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Subscribed.

  • I amcarbonandotherbits.

    I'd like to see you put a wooden cube inside a pinball. Hell I'd even pay to see that done.

  • Simon The 2T22A

    2012 youtube: nah this ain't getting recommended, minecraft is more interesting
    2013 youtube: nah, giant water balloons are more interesting.
    2014 youtube: no! iphone 6s plus videos instead.
    2015 youtube: nopity nope.
    2016 youtube: nah
    2017 youtube: nope. clickbait kids videos are the hot new trend
    2019 youtube: lets recommend this random video about a pinball in a wooden block from 2012

  • Jordan Clark

    🤯 I envy how incredibly articulate you are with building and with your language! Watching and learning about things like this makes it very apparent why Jesus was/is a carpenter! Thanks for the vid. Gave a 👍 and subbed!

  • Ralph Snyder

    Why does anyone need a pinball in a block of wood.

  • Kenny B

    Now do it with a metal cube going through a round hole in the wood.

  • John Hirdler

    Fun video, nice woodworking skill. Keep up the good work. Best regards …

  • Harry P. Ness

    I came here the Hasselhoff and I wasn’t disappointed!

  • Dichroic Sounds

    Nice video! These would make good novelty gifts.

  • Shadows TakeFall

    What a stupid video

  • Kevin Ranson

    An old video, but this Will always make a cool gift to young inquisitive mind 👍👍

  • Second Breakfast

    I like both your personality and the fact that you owned all the 12 year old idiots who make up the vast majority of youtube comments. Peace!

  • Rick A

    At roughly 2:55 – is it my eyes or does it look like you have a rather wobbly chuck on your drill press? The sanding drum seems to wiggle around with the wood as you sand the interior of the hole. Great vid & project, BTW. Oh, I don't see anything wrong with your "personality". Haters gonna hate… what can I say.

  • P McFadden

    uhhhh the ending broke my heart. cool project.

  • Thooper DONG

    Love it bud !!

  • Carl

    as soon as he said you need soft wood i knew what he was going to do

  • couchpotato

    Currently paused at 0:17. Ive seen some wood tricks like this before that involved soaking the water for several hours so that will be my best guess….lets watch

  • Highball

    Lets be honest, how many did you break trying to get the ball in?

  • Random Stuff In Oregon

    This is actually really cool! I'm gonna have to try this someday, accept it'll be a little bit more challenging for me since I only have hand tools to work with.
    Also I really enjoyed reading your description.

  • S.G Johansson

    When it is producing bubbles it is because the elements previously occupying the space between the mass of molecules, expanding (in mass as well as the total occupied space (volume) with the increased temperature and atmospheric pressure which in this context could be likened to what happens when you biol or fry organic materials and foods with similar characteristics on a molecular level.


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