Baseball bat

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Project by richgreer posted 1338 days ago 1229 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas gift for a great nephew who is a baseball fanatic.

I started with a irregular baseball blank from Rockler. I was impressed with the quality of the blank I received.

I took the bat to a guy who did a laser engraving of the recipients initials, “WBC”. Thanks to someone on this board, in the forum, who suggested this. It came out great.

I got a little carried away with the sanding and finishing. I sanded it to 400 grit and gave it 3 coats of polyurethane. It has to be smoother than any bat in MLB. However, this will be more of a show piece than an action piece. The recipient is only 8 years old and it will be a few years before he can actually use a bat this large. It’s a 32 inch bat.

I recommend this as a great project for anyone who has a special person who would like their own engraved bat.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 1338 days ago

Fine work and a fine gift.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 1338 days ago

Nice! Neat! Great idea with the intials.
I am sure he will love it.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 1338 days ago

By golly, it looks like a real baseball bat. Nice work Rich, and the engraving is a nice touch.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 1338 days ago

nice one.


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#5 posted 1338 days ago

Or should I say “Home run!”


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#6 posted 1337 days ago

That is realy nice.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#7 posted 1337 days ago

Your little nephew will be hot stuff with his personalized baseball bat.Great gift from a wonderful

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#8 posted 1337 days ago

Rich, that looks great. Those blanks are a great idea too.

Smoother bat=faster swing=more home runs! :)


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#9 posted 1336 days ago

Great job Rich and happy holidays

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Scott Shea

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#10 posted 548 days ago

I’m glad you mentioned what WBC meant, I was thinking it was to beat the folks at the Westboro Baptist Church! What a cool idea for a build! Great job! If/when he uses it, pine tar will take care of the slickness.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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