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My first baseball bat on the lathe! I’m a high schooler and this was my first big project. I combined my love for woodworking and baseball; can’t wait to take some swings at the plate.

Any tips or tricks for the next one?

-- Theo Tobel, Santa Monica





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Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 06-26-2020 02:23 AM

I love it! this was something that I always wanted to do. I was told to use Ash for the wood selections. Here is the Louisville Slugger

Yet I heard that San Fran Barry Bonds had his bats made in Quebec- Maple?

Please post a pic during testing

-- Desert_Woodworker

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tntobel

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#2 posted 06-26-2020 02:38 AM



I love it! this was something that I always wanted to do. I was told to use Ash for the wood selections. Here is the Louisville Slugger

Yet I heard that San Fran Barry Bonds had his bats made in Quebec- Maple?

Please post a pic during testing

- Desert_Woodworker

Thanks! Until 20 years ago, ash was the most used wood for bats due to its flex and durability, but maple quickly became the top wood type after Barry Bonds broke the single-season record using a maple bat. Maple has more power, but breaks easier. Whatever wood you do decide on, the straighter the grain, the better it will hit.

Going to take some cracks at the plate tomorrow on the field and I’ll see how it does (fingers crossed)!

-- Theo Tobel, Santa Monica

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Vince

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#3 posted 06-26-2020 05:23 AM

Looks great, On your next one add a little dye on the barrel give it a pop of color. Also you should sign it.

-- Vince

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Steve

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#4 posted 06-26-2020 12:52 PM

I actually have a blank mounted up right now on my lathe to do.

How long is yours?

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stevejack

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#5 posted 06-26-2020 02:55 PM

Aren’t they eating bats in China?

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tntobel

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#6 posted 06-26-2020 03:17 PM



I actually have a blank mounted up right now on my lathe to do.

How long is yours?

- Steve

It started off at 37 inches, but the final bat is only 32 inches.

-- Theo Tobel, Santa Monica

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Sasha

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#7 posted 06-26-2020 06:27 PM

For such long and thin products you need a lunette.
Good luck in Kind minute….....

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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Sasha

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#8 posted 06-26-2020 06:34 PM

I consider the best wood for bits. it’s a mulberry (mulberry)

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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Steve

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#9 posted 06-26-2020 07:15 PM


I actually have a blank mounted up right now on my lathe to do.

How long is yours?

- Steve

It started off at 37 inches, but the final bat is only 32 inches.

- tntobel

Gotcha.

I’m going to try turning a camwood bat first. I bought a few blanks for 15 from Woodcraft the other month.

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 06-26-2020 07:48 PM

Nice!

We started making half scale bats in Jr. High woodshop and the administration said we were making weapons and made us stop. (Truth be told… that’s exactly what we were making them for.)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Desert_Woodworker

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#11 posted 06-27-2020 01:33 AM



Nice!

We started making half scale bats in Jr. High woodshop and the administration said we were making weapons and made us stop. (Truth be told… that s exactly what we were making them for.)

- Mainiac Matt

+1

-- Desert_Woodworker

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becikeja

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#12 posted 06-27-2020 10:47 AM

So the big question, How did it hit?

Great project, make sure to sign and date it. Sounds corny now but in 20 years when you hand this bat to your kid, you will be glad you did.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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tntobel

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#13 posted 06-27-2020 04:13 PM



So the big question, How did it hit?

Great project, make sure to sign and date it. Sounds corny now but in 20 years when you hand this bat to your kid, you will be glad you did.

- becikeja

Since it was a Rockler $18 billet, I wasn’t expecting the most out of it, but it hit surprisingly well. Definitely a “crack” when hit and the grains are relatively straight. I’d recommend the billet for someone turning their first bat, but if you want a bat to use in a game, I’d recommend getting from a pro-grade billet website, such as mainebillets.com for $5-10 more.

I will definitely sign it and I’m going to hang it in my room; I look forward to the day I can give it to my kids.

-- Theo Tobel, Santa Monica

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Rxmpo

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#14 posted 06-29-2020 04:18 AM

Nice work!

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