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Forum topic by matt0852 posted 11-30-2009 03:38 AM 1937 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2009 03:38 AM

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Hello everyone. It’s been awhile since I posted anything but I am in need of some advice. I was just recently watching one of my favorite movies, The Natural, and still dream of making my own baseball bat. As I watched the movie I was in awe of how Roy carved the bat. I was wondering if anyone has ver tried to make a baseball bat with a drawknife, spokeshave, and file. I wanted to start this but honestly have no idea where to begin. I was just fooling around in the shop(basement) and I had a block plan just trying to round a piece of wood and surprisingly it came out extremely well if you ask me. The only part that I think would be bad is making the knob of the bat. Any suggestions? Here I’ll include the scene from the movie to get everyone thinking.

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#1 posted 11-30-2009 05:52 AM

I don’t know why you couldn’t given enough time and patience. My dad and grandpa built a barn 54’x56’ and 26’ high primarily using hand tools. There is little doubt in my mind, Grandpa would say a baseball bat is a easy small project :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-30-2009 07:13 PM

Haha I got a good giggle from that one. It’s true though, back then there were no powertools. There is no rush on this for me either. I can spend as much or as little time as I need.

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