Wonder Bat

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Project by Jaybird719 posted 03-17-2011 04:11 PM 5208 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a a bat I turned for my brother-in-law from ash. It is 32” long and has a 2-5/8” barrel. My Brother-in-law is a huge Simpsons fan and plays in a men’s baseball league. I mentioned turning a bat for him – and right off the bat (pardon the pun) he says, you mean a wonder bat? Apparently, there is a Simpsons episode where Homer plays for the plant’s team and uses his ‘wonder bat’.

My BIL forwarded a few images from the episode, and off I went.

I had turned smaller bats prior to this, but had never burned any images onto them, so I knew this would be a challenge. Unfortunately none of the images that I had to work with had a clear image of the ‘wonder bat’ logo on Homer’s bat – so I had to improvise a bit. I was trying to come up with something and decided that the Simpsons font was pretty iconic – at least to those that watch the show – lucky for me I found it online (akbar – is the name of the font for those who may want it)

From there I created a template to trace the lettering onto my work surface and set off to do several practice pieces. I had a small piece of maple that I decided to do my first practice images on. This worked well for my first go at burning, but I decided I might be better off to use a piece of ash because I had a feeling that the open grain of the ash might burn differently than the maple. Luckily, I had another bat blank that I could use for practice. So I practiced and practiced again, and again until I got a feel for the different tips and the rate at which they would burn.

This was my first experience with burning – while far from perfect, I am pleased with the results. It turned out better than I had anticipated and was a bunch of fun to do. Especially from a burner that I purchased at the craft store.

Sanded to 400 and finished with waterlox.

Thanks so much for looking – as always – your comments/critiques are appreciated.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 04:25 PM

Love it! Nice job with the akbar font, too. (Also like the Wonderboy bat from “The Natural”, which is what the Simpson’s episode was based on.)

-- Dan

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#2 posted 03-18-2011 06:08 AM

Great bat, and The Natural is my favorite movie of all time

-- Clay - I love free tools

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