My Son's Mini-Bat

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Project by Kerux posted 03-31-2010 07:49 AM 1513 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 14 year old who has been turning pens for a couple years had an interesting class yesterday. The teacher brought in a Wood Bat and the discussion/questions started going toward how is a bat made?

Josh tended to have his hand up most of the time and was the only one who knew what the machine was called that makes them. He thinks the teacher was a little perplexed how he knew so much. First, he loves baseball and has been wanting to make his own bat (I only have a Rikon Midi, no extension). Two, he’s being working a lathe for a couple years.

I told Josh I had some Hickory and the lathe is up… just not much else. “You wanna make him a mini-bat?”, sure! So I cut off a blank of Hickory for him and he went at it. Now he’s probably not even turned a pen for about 6 months. So, I was curious how it would go. He just Eye-Balled it as he went. 1 roughing gouge and 1 Lancer style skew and he came up with this.

He signed it to his teacher as a gift. (Oh, and Josh gets the be the first one with a finished project in the new shop.)


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#1 posted 03-31-2010 07:55 AM

Well done Josh. And what a lucky man you are Kerux to have a Son that shares your passion.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 08:47 AM

Looks like a real slugger! Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 11:54 AM

very very nice

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 12:45 PM

Great job, now don’t do anything bad in class…. When I was in school they only used a paddle if you were bad.

LOL I made my teacher a paddle once. It was a 1/4” piece of plywood with 1/4” of balsa glued to each side and painted with pastel latex house paint. It stung if you whacked yourself, but no matter how hard you hit, it didn’t hurt very much more… The paddle felt right, but the balsa absorbed the impact. All the kids in my class were sworn to secrecy and our teacher used it almost all year before she loaned it to another teacher. The kid getting a spanking looked up at her and said: “You’re kidding!” Yep, another trip to the principal’s office for me. I saw the entire episode. I was in the hall working quietly because of some minor infraction… It was all I could do to not laugh.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 02:24 PM

Great work!

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 03:11 PM

Excellent job on the bat and it is good to see the face shield and the sleeves rolled up for safety : )

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 04:46 PM

I am impressed 12 years-old and Josh can use a skew. I am 57 and every time I think I can use a skew the lathe proves me wrong.
Great project and post.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 05:35 PM

Tell Josh it looks like he did a great job, and keep it up! Good thinking signing the bat to his teacher too….extra brownie points are alwayse good, especially before the next report card comes out…lol! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#9 posted 03-31-2010 10:58 PM

It looks like it is time to get the extention! Great work, and deep brownie points! Teaching your kids to woodwork priceless!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 12:31 AM

nice work and the memories will last a life time

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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