From billet to baseball bat.
Follow the journey of our custom designed & turned baseball bats. From top quality hand-split wood billets to swinging your bat over home plate, our bats have quite a story!
We order Ash, Maple, & Birch billets, or wood blanks, from the best national wood suppliers. They arrive in a variety of weights & densities.
Every bat requires quite a bit of math to determine the correct density for the desired bat length v. weight. Even then, wood, being a natural and varying medium, will sometimes surprise you.
When turning, especially baseball bats, finding the absolute center is very important for proper placement and cutting on the lathe.
Preparing the billet & testing the center before mounting on the copying lathe.
Narrowing & measuring the billet to fit on copying lathe.
The Big Lathe
Most of our bats are duplicated from one of our many handmade templates. We are creating new templates & models all the time!
The Copy lathe works carefully to copy the custom template. 3 blades are used for a precise cut.
After a bit, the baseball bat takes shape. We now have a basic baseball bat shape with some perfecting still needed.
After the basic shape is cut, the measurements are checked & adjusted as needed.
The bat is sanded with a finer and finer grain sandpaper to achieve a smooth finish.
Finishing the Barrel
The barrel end is completed by hand, with precise attention to detail.
The last step on the lathe, is Boning ( We call it Racking – See our antler decal on our bats!) this process uses a bone, or antler to harden and compress the wood to strengthen it.
A bat is often cupped to help achieve the desired weight – or drop. This takes a small amount of weight off the barrel. This isn’t always necessary, especially on display bats.
Stain & Paint
The bats are then masked & stained or painted to the design specified. This can take several days with serval coats. Some bats are then distressed to add texture and a vintage look.
After the paint or stain has cured, We apply the custom artwork & our logos. Then the bat is either dipped or sprayed with our protective & durable topcoat. The bat takes a few days to cure & then is ready for display or use.
Talk to Us
Please call 720.635.2762. We are here to help you with your custom project! We can answer any questions you have.
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