| of the bat,
in this case – near the headstock, if
you should inadver-tently take off too
much from the headstock end, you
can simply plan to make that end of
the blank your handle instead.|
Keep working the
blank until it has been turned to a uniform diameter.
Shaping into second
The next step is to decide on what style
or profile bat you want to produce.
Here’s where you can be creative or follow a certain era’s
specifications as men at the beginning of the article.
You can enlarge
and cut out either of the profiles pictured on page 27 to
make a turning template, or come up
with a similar profile of your own. If
making your own, draw a sketch with
dimensions at key transition points or
even better, make a profile cutout to
|As already stated, the double-knob
bat we’re making here measures 23/8" in diameter at its widest
point; overall length is 35". Starting from the barrel
end, our bat tapers very slightly – only
1/8" – over the first 8". From that point it
tapers a bit more steeply to a diameter
of 2" at the 12" mark, 13/8" at 18", down
to 11/16" at the 25" point. From there
to the front of the first knob the shaft
remains a uniform 11/16". The handle
portion between the two knobs flares
very slightly from 11/16" just behind
the first knob, to 11/8" just in front of
the second. The front knob is 111/16" in
diameter at its widest point, while the
end knob is 13/4".
Remember to start and end your
profile about 1" from the blank ends
(if you have a very long blank, it’s all
right to leave more than 1"). Using a
caliper and pencil, transfer your key
transition points that will define the shape of your bat to the
| blank, as in Fig.
7. Now you’re ready to start making your own
piece of baseball history come to life.
Turning into third
Using a caliper frequently to check you progress, cut on these lines to the diameter, plus about 1/8". As
handle is the most intricate part of this
bat, we’ve elected to start on the handle
end (Fig. 8).
Begin to shape
your profile between the handle and the rest of the barrel
using the roughing gouge (Fig. 9). I
usually run my lathe between 1,000-
1,800 rpm for this step.
completely roughed the shape of the bat profile, increase the
lathe speed and use a skew along with
the calipers to finish turning the bat. I
usually run my lathe up to 2,600 rpm
for this step.