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Project by Sam posted 02-06-2011 05:14 PM 2397 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago we stopped by the Louisville Slugger Museum. It was actually quite interesting. They had a load of lathes doing some amazing work. We found out that we could purchase these bat blanks (called “billets”) and have them shipped to our house. We took the opportunity to buy the lesser cost billet (Ash) and put it on the Shopsmith. My son Kevin is quite the baseball player and he really enjoyed making his own bat.

Next time we will try maple.

Thanks for looking!

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 07:00 PM

very cool bat!! Your son did an awesome job!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 10:00 PM

Good job, I’ll bet you son is gonna want one of every species available. A bat will have to be the ultimate hickory stick. Do they come in pecan? How did you do the woodburing?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 10:25 PM

Thanks folks for the comments. Hickory nor pecan were available from Hillerich & Bradsby (the Louisville Slugger billet folks), just ash $15 and maple $22.50. The blanks are 37” long and 3” diameter. I think we cut about 4” off the end which makes a nice conversation piece for Kevin’s friends. “This is what my bat looked like before we cut it to shape…”, or something like that! The woodburning on the grain was done by “designing” our template on the computer, printing it out as a mirror image, taping it to the bat, then use a regular 30 watt woodburning hobby iron to burn through the paper. We were hoping that the ink would transfer. Since it didn’t really transfer, we will probably skip the reverse part and just burn through the paper while using it as our layout.

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 09:06 PM

Very nice bat, it’s great that you share your love for wood turning with your son, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 10:09 PM

I love the sound of a wooden bat hitting the ball. A metal bat just doesn’t cut it (piinngg). Last I heard, they were talking about banning the metal bats (too many injuries). Kevin looks like a natural….. Thanks for sharing.
- JJ

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 03:29 AM

The ink will transfer with heat, but you cant use a bubble jet. It has to be Laser printer. Ill find the blog on Lumberjocks about the transfer.
Thanks for the friend request Sam. We’ll talk Shopsmith.


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 03:53 AM

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 05:16 AM

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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