Birch Bat

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-21-2016 10:56 PM 1203 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bat that will be used at school for taking measurements when the students make theirs. After this photo, I marked lines on it at every 5 inches for gauge points or targets for the student to use to set all their diameters and then blend them into a curve to make the bat.
I have them using a parting tool and spring caliper and keep cutting until the caliper fits over the part.
The blue inlay in the one I made was needed due to a mistake. I had a couple of calipers out and I cut one groove there that was supposed to be the next one down and therefore I had to fill it or scrap the bat.

None of our bats are to be used for hitting hard balls unless we find a good clean piece of ash.

This one was make from a dry birch branch I had in the barn and is finished with clear lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 11:41 PM

Great lathe project for the kids, Jim!

Make sure they don’t carry them under the front seat of their cars ;^)

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 11:50 PM

Very NICE COOL bat!

Good Save too… I thought it marked where the ball area, to be hit, was… :)

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#3 posted 10-22-2016 12:15 AM

Sure looks like a dangerous weapon Jim.
Great project for the students.
And it looks good also.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 10-22-2016 12:43 AM

That’s pretty cool Jim….well done?

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 01:57 AM

Great project Jim. I was mislead by the inlay also at first. I think the fun from a bat made of birch instead of ash is to have it break like you are a real slugger. That’s what I did.

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

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 02:56 AM

Nicely done Jim. The students will enjoy the challenge of turning their own bats.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 03:30 AM

Baseball bat with bling! The students may make a ‘mistake’ on purpose!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 10-22-2016 06:54 AM

I wish you are near by me to learn more
You are teacher with biiiig heart

-- bambi

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#9 posted 10-22-2016 07:32 AM

Very well done educational tool.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 10-22-2016 11:42 AM

Nice little project jim, i didn,t think its possible to use a branch for woodworking.

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#11 posted 10-22-2016 01:02 PM

Mighty fine

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-22-2016 01:16 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments. I made this one because I did not want to mark up my good Louisville slugger and leave it at school.

Hi Dave, I don’t think this one would hold up to a baseball very long with all the knots down by the handle. We don’t have the right wood in stock in the shop so any bats that are made are purely for display to show their talent in the shop. I would like to find some 3” tight grain ash, though, so we could turn out some real usable ones!!

Hi Candy, I would not mind a mistake like that but some of the bats they have made were not in the right proportions. If they do make a smaller one, I want them to learn how to scale down all the dimensions from a given length. This is a 33” bat so for a a 25” bat, they would multiply all the dimensions x .76 (33/25) to make it in the right proportion.

Hi Bambi, I wish were lived a lot closer , too. You have some real good design ideas!!

Hi Marc, when you start turning , you look at wood and branches a whole lot differently than before. I have been encouraging the students to bring in a branch to see what it holds inside. One girl did a beautiful bowl from a log that I brought in and that was their first experience with wet wood.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 10-22-2016 03:12 PM

Awesome, look fwd to see them make these. Very fun

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 10-22-2016 06:50 PM

Thanks, Ken. I usually don’t have my camera at school but all the kids have I-phones and I’ll have them take some pictures and send them to me to add here.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 10-22-2016 08:29 PM

“Home run” Jim, pretty fancy looking templates for the Kids, now they sure have something to measure up to :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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