|Project by tmouch||posted 08-24-2010 04:56 AM||1045 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
The high school softball banquet is 2 weeks away. The mothers are talking about wanting to purchase gifts for each of the players but can’t decide on what to buy. Requirements: something special, something to preserve the memories of the year. Budgets are tight, it has been a tough year with unemployment skyrocketting.
This was the scenario presented a few seasons ago. So I proposed that I make up commemorative 1/2 scale softball bats that the girls can autograph, write stories and memories on. The idea was liked by the moms and so I went into limited production for 16 bats; one for each girl on the team.
I started with reclaimed ash (same wood as professional baseball bats) canted to 2×2 x 18. Turned the bats on the lathe so that they were 1/2 scale. Sanded to 600 grit and finished the bats with bee’s wax buffed to a reasonable luster.
The mom’s attached a 1/2 size sharpie to each bat with a ribbon matching the color of the sharpie and wrote each player’s number on each bat’s end.
Good to go with each bat taking about 20 minutes to turn, 10 to sand and 5 to wax.
Bats were cut off the lathe with a parting tool.
In all the bats took about 4 nights to compete for the entire team.
The girls loved them, and I have received additional request for more bats for other teams.
Simple, cost effective, and memories captured for life.
This project provided a lot of satisfaction when the girls saw the bats, looked for which bat had their number on it, and then passed them around for autographs.
Only shortfall: Not much attention was paid to the banquet speaker.
I hope you enjoy.
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