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Blog series by Matt Vredenburg updated 04-19-2009 05:35 AM 3 parts 4746 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: Baseball bat

03-31-2009 03:32 AM by Matt Vredenburg | 1 comment »

A few years ago I helped one of my nephews turn a baseball bat (visiting from Michigan). He’s now three years older and has grown out of the bat we made, however just last week, two of his younger brothers called me me a favor. They wanted me to build a custom baseball bat for each of them. As the “cool uncle”, I went right out to picked up some maple stock and turned two bats yesterday. See the picture below of the turned bats. Each of my nephews wanted there bats co...

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Part 2: Painting bats is completed

04-01-2009 08:32 AM by Matt Vredenburg | 1 comment »

Here are the bats after applying four light coats of paint (from a can so sprayed). From Baseball Project I wanted the red bat to have a consistent color for the handle so mixed up a red dye and applied it like a stain. I don’t like the look right now, but when we have a few clear coat finish and black or white baseball tape on the handle – it’s going to look awesome! Believe me Mitch. For the black bat (Sean’s), I am going with a natural maple handle that wil...

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Part 3: Completed baseball bats

04-19-2009 05:35 AM by Matt Vredenburg | 2 comments »

This is the final entry for the baseball bats I made for my nephews. I understand that little leaguers can’t use wooden bats and that probably good considering the weight of these bats. I don’t think my nephews will be able to get a swing around on a curve ball do to the thickness and weight of maple. I understand the bats will find a nice spot next to their display of sports trophies. This project took me about 3-4 hours complete (over a few weeks) and if you have a lath...

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