|Project by dakremer||posted 08-23-2011 03:45 AM||2516 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
This is my first baseball bat on the lathe. It was a lot of fun to make. I’m actually surprised it turned out this good for my first one. I sanded it up to 600 grit. It is smoother than a baby’s butt. It is made of walnut – which I know is not typically what bats are made of (maple, ash, or bamboo). Anyone think of a reason why walnut wouldnt be good for a bat? maybe cause its heavier?? The bat is 33” long. No finish. Might put some wax on the ends to protect the end grain at least. its already pretty slick – not sure if you’re supposed to put a finish on a bat?????
what I would do differently next time…..
1 – I should have put the thick part of the bat towards the tail stock of the lathe and the butt of the bat towards the head stock. I got a lot of wobble at the skinny end (by tail stock) which made it difficult to cut and make perfectly round.
2 – When I cut my initial depths at 3” increments along the length of the bat, I cut them to exact final thickness. DUH. I should have kept it an 1/8 or so above. Once I got everything smoothed out and sanded, the whole bat is about 1/4 under what the thickness is supposed to be. Boo :( oh well. I also worried to much about smoothing the transitions out with the chisels. I should have done that work with the sanding!
3 – I didn’t really look at a picture of a wooden bat when cutting the knob of the bat. Kinda just going off what i thought it should look like. The knob is not how a bat should be. The handle should taper out and meet the knob so there isn’t such a big transition. Next time I’ll actually look at a pic of a bat so I get it right! haha
All and all, i’m very happy with this! Sorry about the horrible pictures – I only have my iphone. I need to invest in a camera! oh but i forgot, i’m a poor college kid – probably not anytime soon.
Would any of you like to see a video HOW-TO? If I get enough people interested I’d be willing to do something like that. Now remember…I’m no expert on a lathe, and my technique would probably make a lot of wood turners cringe and/or cry, but I could at least show you guys how I did it!
Thanks for looking! Comments and advice and criticism, etc, etc is welcome
-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!