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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 01-06-2009 11:01 PM 1693 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Incorporating baseball bats gives an opportunity for personalizing projects for children by having the bat monographed with the child’s name. I’ve done this in a couple of projects: full-sized bats in making a headboard for a grandsons bed, and short bats in a toy chest for a younger grandson. The toy chest is rather large because of the length of the bats (24 in.), so I included a bench inside the chest so grandson Elias can sit inside to do whatever grandsons do in spooky places. The bed is made with maple, baseball bats, and baseballs. The toy chest is made of cherry wood, baseball bats, and walnut & yellowheart splines (to strengthen the mitered corners.) For safety, I used slow close hinges to prevent the lid from slamming closed on little fingers; these type of hinges are made for toy chests and can be purchased from Woodcraft and other suppliers.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)





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#1 posted 01-07-2009 12:08 AM

Cool Idea!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 12:50 AM

man that is a very cool idea, using the bats that way…I like it!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 01-07-2009 05:40 AM

Cool, anything associated with baseball is good in my book.

-- Cody Crisp

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#4 posted 01-07-2009 06:07 AM

Great work. A neat concept to help young boys. (And older boys) remember their youth.

-- 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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