the bats of summer

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Project by socrbent posted 08-28-2015 01:38 AM 646 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

7 year old grand daughter is playing softball and I wanted to try my hand at making a bat. These 2 were made in early July. The simple one made of ash was patterned after her aluminum bat. The other is maple and walnut and too heavy for anything other than strength development. I selected some nicely figured walnut to help make the head of the bat larger since my blank was small.

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 01:48 AM

Bat’s…something you don’t see made very often. Good looking, nice work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 02:40 AM

The one on the left is a cool bat; nice, very nice.

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 01:28 PM

Nice work on the bats. That’s the problem with wood bats now days. Kids are brought up on aluminum bats for bat speed. I like your idea adding the walnut. It can be a show piece too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 02:56 PM

Thanks guys.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 03:59 PM

Don’t know if others realize there is a reason baseball bats are made of ash. Other woods cannot take to shock of a high speed impact with a baseball. You know that many of the ash bats break. I like that the laminated bat is only good for strength training. Could hurt someone if they tried to play ball with it.

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