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Forum topic by Sam_Fox posted 05-08-2010 07:19 PM 2797 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2010 07:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish oil baseball bat lathe ash help

Hi everyone,

I just recently broke my favorite wooden baseball bat from my childhood and figured out a great way to try out my new lathe…

So I turned a smaller bat out of the broken one for my boys.

But now I don’t know how I should finish it. I sanded it while it was on the lathe and put on a light coat of Danish oil, but not sure if that was right. I am thinking that any finish that is too hard will likely crack, and anything to oily (like perhaps danish oil?) will attract dirt.

I will post a picture when its done in the project section.

Any thoughts?



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#1 posted 05-08-2010 07:44 PM

Don’t finish it, bone it!

Rub it thoroughly and firmly with a section of smooth bone or antler or some smooth hard object. Like in the movie ” The Natural”.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 10:27 PM

I don’t think bats have any finish on them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 10:42 PM

If you wrap it with sand paper it might get a better grip on the ball

-- John aka qlty

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 04:11 AM

Just make sure you don’t drill the barrel and fill it with cork. Sammy Sosa tried that and got caught.

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 07:54 PM

Watch out how much pine tar you use. Remember the Tar Wars several years ago?
BTW, I have an old bat that has some kind of varnish on it. Look at the Louisville Slugger website,, and see if they mention finishes.

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 08:19 PM

I’m from Kentucky. One of the Louisville Slugger manufacturing plants was about 20 miles from me. They used either a light coat of varnish, lacquer or paint on their wooden bats. Sometimes stains were applied to add color.
Ash was the wood of choice, followed by maple then hickory.

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