Going Batty

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 09-06-2009 03:15 AM 1509 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine had an ash tree fall during the last storm. He asked about making some baseball bats on my lathe and I said “sure” but we’ll have to wait a few months while the wood dries.

I had a few hours to kill today so I turned these three samples. These are fun to turn and easy to make.

The long one is cherry and 25” long. This was the first one I turned and close to the correct profile. This is made from laminated cherry blank from a project a year ago.

The yellow one is 19” long and made from osage orange. The color on this wood is terrific. You can buy these blanks on ebay for about $10 each. (2”x2”x24”)

The short one is walnut and only 10” long.

All three finished with Mylands Friction polish.

Bob A Sept 5, 2009

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 09-06-2009 03:21 AM

Great job Bob they look teriffic.

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#2 posted 09-06-2009 03:24 AM

Very nice!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 04:51 AM

Glad you joined the “club” or is that and cool projects.

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 05:32 AM

Bob: I don’t remember if you saw my posting for my third place in the last contest.

It was some tools from major League Woodworking. One of the things I got was a bat shaped mallet.

Your small one looks like a great match.

Nice turnings.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 11:24 AM


Hi bud,

I did see Tommy Mac’s MLW tools and video. As a matter of fact, his videos helped with the development of these samples. I agree, the walnut one looks more like a mallet than a bat, the turning techniques are the same. I’m going to have a blast making another 5 to 10 more of the full size versions. I have 5 more cherry blanks and once that ash dries, we’ll have plenty of wood to turn. Hope all is well with you.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 09-06-2009 03:58 PM

Bob, looks like all you need is some ash and you’ll be in the bat business. Very good on the turnings, they all turned out great.

-- John @

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#7 posted 09-06-2009 08:49 PM

Great job on the bats. My kids have been asking me for a while now to turn a bat for them. You’ve inspired me to get off my duff and get it done.

Thanks!! :)

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 02:16 AM

Hi Bob;

You turning with a bum arm?

I though you were getting an operation on one?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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