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Project by JayG46 posted 10-09-2013 10:38 AM 959 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This summer I bought some maple baseball bat blanks for pretty cheap from a guy in Pennsylvania who acquired them as factory rejects. I’ve used them to make a rolling pin, a lamp and a few other things but one of my coworkers asked if I could make him a bat. Since the switch blew on our DW735 planer and I’m reluctant to start anything resembling a piece of furniture, I figured this would be a cool project to keep me busy.

The blanks started out at about 3” in diameter but did distort a little bit in the time since I bought them in June, so they are somewhat oval-shaped, probably from the high humidity down here in SW Florida.

My buddy gave me a bat that he wanted duplicated and to be as accurate as possible, I made a turning story stick. Using a rough outline on a piece of scrap, I marked down dimensions every couple of inches along the length of the bat, taking the measurements with dial calipers. It took quite a while to remove all that wood, but it was a fun project and something that definitely challenged my turning ability and patience. I sanded it up to 400 grit and used my burnisher to rub it down, which compresses the outer layer.

The original bat was made of ash and this one is maple, so the replica turned out to be quite a bit heavier. I might end up cupping the end or making it a little shorter, but it looks pretty at the moment and it’s going to be tricky to put it back on the lathe without the extra waste material on the ends.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi





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#1 posted 10-09-2013 04:29 PM

This really turned out well. Knocked this one out of the park.

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 03:37 PM

Your bat came out looking good. I’m sure your buddy likes it. Great job!

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 06:37 PM

Thanks guys. When I gave it to him, he said it felt too heavy, which is what I expected. We weighed it and it was 36 ounces, which is really heavy unless you are Honus Wagner.

I went back and took some material out of where the handle transitions into the barrel and cupped the end. It took maybe two or three ounces off the weight and it should be ready for prime time now.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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