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Here is simple little table I just completed. It is an Ash Baseball Bat table, to be used as a night stand in my boys bedroom. I got the design inspiration from a table in the April 2013 issue of Fine Woodworking (No. 232). I cheated a little here in that I did not turn the bats. I have turned bats before and could have done so for this project, but bat blanks cost about $30, whereas I can buy finished bats at Wal-Mart for $12. So I decided to save a little money. Because of this I did have to build a jig (fixture) to hold the bats so that I could cut the mortises for the stretchers. I also chucked the bats on lathe and removed all the factory finish and graphics.

The legs (bats) are 27" long. The height of the table-top is 26.25"

I haven't decided on a finish yet.

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Very cool design.
 

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Now that is a really neat table!! I love it!!!!....................Jim
 

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Now that is a cool table - well done.
 

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Great display of 2 of my favorite American pass times. Nice job.
 

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My mother would have said of this pieces, "Now that's using your noggin!" How cool is that table. I love it!
 

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Very cool table. Good design and a theme often fail, but this one sure didn't. I love turning, but I would have done the same thing considering the huge price difference. Why pay more than twice the price and have to do all the work too?
 

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Good decision on the bats. It looks better with the bat manufacturer stamp burned on the wood….more authentic I gess.
 

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I saw that article and was considering building a table like that, but the bats are a great addition!!
 

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Hello Clayton

A very cool design and a great work

The legs must be very strong !!

Thanks for sharing
 

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looks very solid and whimsical at the same time - nice job
 

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Should have made the top the shape of home plate!

Toby
 

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Very cool, I think I might steal this idea…..Very nicely done.
 

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Have you considered "Pine Tar" for a finish??? ;^)

Nicely done.
You have provided an excellent gift project idea!!!
 

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I don't have that magazine you referred to but I "think" I can do this by looking at your photo's (hope you don't mind). Fantastic job on your project!
 

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Thanks everyone for all the nice comments.

TobyC → I did think of that, but decided I liked the other one better.

LukieB → Steal away, let me know if I can help.

EdwardNorton → Don't mind at all, in fact I can provide more detailed pictures if you need them and specs for the jig I used to mortise the legs, that might save you a little time from having to create one from scratch.
 

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this is a wonderful idea I saw the table you mention and this is a clever variation love it and also like the idea of making the top like home plate I love the inspiration I find on here again great job
 

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Totally cool idea! Great job on that good looking table, goes really well in a boy's bedroom.
 
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