Baseball bat turned on a lathe too short

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Project by TedHains posted 05-05-2011 06:06 PM 4722 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have two grandsons that love baseball and wanted me to teach them to make a bat but I have a Shopsmith and the bed is not long enough to turn a 32” bat from a 37” blank. I found that if I removed the tail stock and put my live center on the garage door jam and secure the lathe to it it would work. Here are step by step photos of how it was accomplished. I got plans from PSI woodworking on line. I welcome questions
“CARPE DIEM” OR (carpe lignum) Ted

-- God determines the number of days, but you determine how they are spent. Ps 118:24

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#1 posted 05-05-2011 06:22 PM

very clever

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#2 posted 05-05-2011 11:11 PM

Great idea! I too have a Shopsmith, and I think the weight enough of the machine would be enough to anchor the machine. I dont believe any lateral movement would be an issue. I may be wrong, but it takes a lotta grunting to move the thing with the casters up.

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 03:17 AM

I do enjoy a problem solving attitude. This was a great way to get the desired result. Bat turnings are near and dear to my heart as my stepfather, now in his eighties, was the last employee of Hillerich & Bradsby to turn bats by hand for the pros. He would just go to the “bat library”, pull out a Jonny Bench, lay it out with callipers and 15 minutes later he would have the duplicate. Odd side effect was almost everything he ever turned at home had the resemblance of a bat handle. We all got rolling pins from him when we got married and they all could hit a sacrifice fly like nobodys business.
Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 03:23 AM

Nice! Great thinking!

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 03:24 AM

Good job. Looks dangerous.

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#6 posted 05-08-2011 06:05 AM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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