Some questions occurred as to how bowling alleys are constructed,
given their specific kinds of uses and abuses they're subject to, such
as especially directly at and under the floor in the areas where the
ball falls and rolls. Might anyone like to shed some light in this
regard? (Anyone like to bowl, BTW? I used to, but haven't in quite
awhile. I hear they were a bit of a hangout in the past.)
Here's a nice pic of an older one:
I always wondered what keeps those heavy balls from cracking the surface of
the lanes. Especially when you see some beginners throwing their balls high
up in the air where they come crashing down hard.
>> That things beat to death.
It's an oldie; 1914. Imagine a lazy summer day in the 1920's in there
with good friends, drinks and the sun streaming in. The surrounding area
looks nice too.
That seems quite substantial as I'd imagined... Perhaps if one had a
bowling alley in their house in Florida, they might be better able to
weather a hurricane. ;)
Your post also offers an example of a collateral result of plonking as a
bit of a reverse mental dragnet. I edited out part of your paragraph to
further enhance my point.
Bowling lanes are made to an international specification. I have various
sections here at home, from existing lanes that were demolished and replaced
with synthetic materials.
Basic constructing until the synthetics took over is as follows:
for the principle impact surface..... that is; the first several feet -
American Rock Maple, probably 3 inches wide and 1 inch thick, nailed face to
face to provide the 1 inch revealed edge and the impact surface. The
material is moulded across the 3 inch face in a manner akin to tongue and
groove. Once it is all nailed together and makes (I believe) a 42 inch
regulation lane width, small holes of around 1/16th inch are drilled in
specific points and a special adhesive is injected at high pressure into the
voids around each tongue and groove. For the rest of the lane, down to the
pin plate, Ponderosa Pine is used, in the same manner. As the Pin Plate (or
whatever it's called) also takes considerable abuse, it too is made from
Maple. Of the hundred or so sections I have seen, the Pin Plate always seems
to be the most damaged.
The 'arrows' are Walnut, from memory.
Hope this helps.
BTW I purchased this material for use as kitchen benchtops - hope it works
If I understand him correctly, he's saying the 3" surfaces are joined
together, thus the 1" 'edges' forms the actual lane you see - picture a
(3)2x12 beam only with much smaller boards and lots more of them - maybe a
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