Small size reclaimed wood BASEBALL BAT
I made this bat as a birthday present for my (back then) nine years old elder son.
We have no tradition of playing baseball here, but my son was exposed to it at school, and wished he had one.
I had no idea what size will fit a kid, the proportions it shoul have, the types of wood usually used etc, so I did some online research. I didn’t follow the official measures strictly, but got a fair idea. It had to be manageable in terms of size and weight.
So I went with some pine offcuts , leftovers from commerially availabe glued sheets. I picked them up at a dumpster. Why pine? (I see your eyebrow raised…). Because it was available, suited the width I needed, and it is relatively light. True, it is presumably too soft, but this specific type of pine is not as soft as white pine. I guess ash would be nice, had I had any…
I glued the boards together [2-3], ripped to square and cut off the corners to an octagon on my band saw [4-5], mounted on my old Reccord Power lathe between a 4-prong  and an improvised extention I made to replace the tail stock for length , and rough turned to a cylinder. I then re-mounted the cylinder using a proper chuck .
I turned to the shape I felt was appropriate, in terms of length, diameter of the head an handle, and heel (I appologize if the terminology is incorrect). I finished it with sanding sealer and several coats of commercial friction polish [9-10], leaving only 10-12mm (~1/2”) tenons at both ends [11-12]. After parting off using a pull saw, I sanded the end grain manually, applied some woodfiller paste, re-sanded and applied finish as before [12-13]
We had a couple of balls sent to us from my sister in law who lives in Boulder, Colorado, and the result is before you: a small baseball bat for a kid, made from reclaimed wood, and one very happy customer!
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