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Project by doubleDD posted 05-03-2021 01:26 PM 999 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson will be playing his first (MAJOR LEAGUE) t-ball game today so I decided to make a wood bat for him to use at practice. Although they can be used for games they mostly used the new fancy aluminum bats. It’s mostly to help build up strength so when they switch to the aluminum their bat speed is improved. Anyway I wanted to make him a bat. LOL.
I had several Maple logs from my backyard tree and picked out the best looking one. After getting the correct official size and weight for a 26 1/2’’ monster bat I used a 1’’ steel rod to bone it (pic 5) and make it harder. The boning helps to prevent dents and dings to some extent. He was excited when I gave it to him and I had to pitch to him for a half hour.

Can not wait till tonight for his first game. We’re all excited cause it’s been a long time since we had a ball player in the family.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.





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MadeinMT

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#1 posted 05-03-2021 01:36 PM

Way to go gramps!

-- Ron, Montana

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#2 posted 05-03-2021 01:39 PM

looks very nice Grandpa will help him knock it out of the park GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#3 posted 05-03-2021 01:52 PM

I see here new future baseball star! Nice bat!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 05-03-2021 02:02 PM

Thanks MadeinMT. I always wanted to make one and this was the perfect opportunity.

Thanks GR8HUNTER. It will be awhile before I see that but if when he makes contact I get excited. LOL.

Thanks Ivan. That would be cool. My son had a good chance until he had a shoulder injury so hopefully he takes after his dad.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-03-2021 02:49 PM

Excellent bat, Dave, for a great little guy to practice with. That will be an heirlom for him!!

Cheers,Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-03-2021 03:06 PM

way to go Gramps ! The fact that you had to pitch to him for 1/2 hour tells me he likes it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 05-03-2021 03:08 PM

Man, does it get any better than that?!

What a slugger, and the bat is cool too.

Always hated those aluminum bats when they first came out. Just not natural…

Looks like a very proud young man, Wow…Great project…

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

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 05-03-2021 03:21 PM

You just don’t see gifts like that these days, tree to tool!
Gramps of the year award to ya!

Not corked, just boned 8^) never heard of that!

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 05-03-2021 03:30 PM

Thanks Jim. I hope so . I also have a Ash blank to make a bat for him later. I’m hoping he doesn’t break it too soon.

Thanks Dick. The second he unwrapped it he said, pitch me some. Of course you know how many ’’ some’’ is.

Thanks mtnwild. I’m with you I never like aluminum either especially the sound it makes when you make contact. Unfortunately the aluminum is proven to hit it further and with better speed.

Thanks splintergrup. Hey that gives me an idea, I have the technology to add some cork in there. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 05-03-2021 04:15 PM

Awesome! If I ever get a full-sized lathe, a baseball bat will be my first project.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#11 posted 05-03-2021 05:03 PM

Cool, Dave! Here’s hoping for some solid contact!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 05-03-2021 05:27 PM

What an awesome project Dave!!!! He will treasure that forever…of course eventually you will have to make a display rack for it so he can keep it in his trophy room when he hits the “bigs”...well done sir!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 05-03-2021 05:30 PM

Great job, as usual, Dave! Who knows, he may be in the big league someday and he’ll always remember
his first bat. Nice logo!

-- Rich

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 05-03-2021 06:05 PM

Thanks Super Cubber. I have the nova dvr but I made my own extension. Even a small lathe will handle making a bat if you have or make an extension. Here’s the one I made a few years ago. I don’t need it often but it’s there if I do.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/182154

Thanks Dave. I hope so. Looks like they may get rained out but too early to tell. I’m getting excited for him.

Thanks Buster. Good idea. So I will wait to see how things go. LOL.

Thanks Rick. That would be awesome. If I’m around then maybe I can make him a bat then? Of course I bet they have a lot of rules and specifications I don’t know about. Like the movie The Natural.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 05-03-2021 06:42 PM



Thanks Super Cubber. I have the nova dvr but I made my own extension. Even a small lathe will handle making a bat if you have or make an extension. Here s the one I made a few years ago. I don t need it often but it s there if I do.
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/182154

Oh man, another project added to the list! Thanks for sharing!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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