Baseball Bat Table

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Project by Clayton Whisman posted 05-04-2013 12:36 AM 4189 views 23 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is simple little table I just completed. It is an Ash Baseball Bat table, to be used as a night stand in my boys bedroom. I got the design inspiration from a table in the April 2013 issue of Fine Woodworking (No. 232). I cheated a little here in that I did not turn the bats. I have turned bats before and could have done so for this project, but bat blanks cost about $30, whereas I can buy finished bats at Wal-Mart for $12. So I decided to save a little money. Because of this I did have to build a jig (fixture) to hold the bats so that I could cut the mortises for the stretchers. I also chucked the bats on lathe and removed all the factory finish and graphics.

The legs (bats) are 27” long. The height of the table-top is 26.25”

I haven’t decided on a finish yet.

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 12:47 AM

Very cool design.

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 12:53 AM

Now that is a really neat table!! I love it!!!!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 01:56 AM

Now that is a cool table – well done.

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

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#4 posted 05-04-2013 03:01 AM

Great display of 2 of my favorite American pass times. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 05-04-2013 04:21 AM

Looks great!

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#7 posted 05-04-2013 05:52 AM

My mother would have said of this pieces, “Now that’s using your noggin!” How cool is that table. I love it!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#8 posted 05-04-2013 02:00 PM

Very cool table. Good design and a theme often fail, but this one sure didn’t. I love turning, but I would have done the same thing considering the huge price difference. Why pay more than twice the price and have to do all the work too?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-04-2013 04:20 PM

Good decision on the bats. It looks better with the bat manufacturer stamp burned on the wood….more authentic I gess.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 05-04-2013 04:21 PM

I saw that article and was considering building a table like that, but the bats are a great addition!!

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#11 posted 05-04-2013 05:29 PM

Hello Clayton

A very cool design and a great work

The legs must be very strong !!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 05-04-2013 08:49 PM

looks very solid and whimsical at the same time – nice job

-- Greg Simon

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#13 posted 05-04-2013 09:20 PM

Should have made the top the shape of home plate!


-- Cigarettes and squirrels are completely harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it up.

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#14 posted 05-04-2013 09:51 PM

Very cool, I think I might steal this idea…..Very nicely done.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#15 posted 05-04-2013 09:59 PM

Have you considered “Pine Tar” for a finish??? ;^)

Nicely done.
You have provided an excellent gift project idea!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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