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Softball Bat #2: The Bats are Done

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Blog entry by cheller posted 2511 days ago 882 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At class Thursday night I finished both of the softball bats.

First step was to burnish the bats using a dog’s chew bone (without the meaty center :-) ). This was done with the bats loaded into the lathe, but with the lathe off.

With that completed it was time to coat the bats with oil (natural Danish oil). This was done with the lathe spinning at the slowest speed.

And finally the bats were shined using handfuls of shavings (courtesy of the dust collection system). With the lathe running on slow both hands were loaded up with shavings and pressed up to the bat.

I’ll post this as a project once I get some more pictures taken but for now this will have to do.

Completed Softball Bats

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com



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WayneC

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#1 posted 2511 days ago

Very nice Chelle. They look great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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cheller

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#2 posted 2511 days ago

Thanks. I’m pretty pleased, particularly since these represent my first attempt at using a lathe.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2510 days ago

awesome indeed!
are you adding a logo to them?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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cheller

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#4 posted 2510 days ago

I’d like to but haven’t decided yet what it will be. I’ll let you know what ends up there, probably when I post these as a project.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com

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Karson

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#5 posted 2510 days ago

Great looking bats.

Debbie there is a use for your wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2510 days ago

I see that!!! That will be Rick’s project – his woodworking love, is to do lathe work

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#7 posted 2510 days ago

Then you can use them as legs on a baseball themed table.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bill

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#8 posted 2510 days ago

Yea, a table with baseball bats for legs…

Nice job Chelle.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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