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My first bat shaping effort
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:41:29 PM »

Had thought about it for a while, but recently took the plunge to pick up a part made off the forum and got shaping - so here is my first batmaking attempt. Decided to aim for a fairly classic shape with a long middle and full profile, but in a short blade/longer handle combo - coming out to roughtly 1/2" longer than a standard bat.

Started out with one H4L partmade:


After shaping she looked like this:


And after a good sand here we are, went for a Laver-esque toe:




Concaving? No thanks.



Angled toe to stop feathering


Still needs binding, pressing cracks glueing and a bit of a final polish, but I'm pretty happy! Shape came out well after some warming my way into working on it, wasn't planning to have the middle extend as high up as it does but liked the way it came out! She's on the weighty side at roughly 2.10 in current form so I'm hopeful it'll come out around 2.12 which I'm fine with, bit heavier than I'd usually use but wanted to keep as much wood in there as possible, it feels good in the hands so we'll see how we go. Tapping it up feels very nice indeed so I'm feeling hopeful!
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 06:45:57 PM »

Not much wrong with that. Good job.
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 07:06:58 PM »

Great job, i hope she goes well for you.  I guess if you play with a bat you've made yourself there is no one left to blame for a bad day at the crease...i wouldn't like that!!!!  :)
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 07:18:15 PM »

To be fair Dr Edge.....that's a pretty impressive effort for a first go.

You will be giving us hackers who failed in woodwork lessons at school ideas we might be able to have a go.

It's not east thou and the master batmakers really are that....superb at what they do.

The key thing after the shape is right is balance thou correct?

What does it feel like now ? Is it acceptable as it is like one you might get from a shop?

Top effort .
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2017, 07:31:02 PM »

Cracking effort, looks great!
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 07:47:22 PM »

Thanks all! @ppccopener I think the balance feels pretty good to me and should obviously improve with binding and grips, looking forward to getting it properly finished off and really seeing how it feels to bat with but at the moment I reckon it feels pretty nice in the hands. I'm obviously a bit biased though ha so looking froward to seeing what other people make of it as well!
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 01:08:00 AM »

If i ever have a crack at shaping i hope my first effort is half as good . Well done sir !
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2017, 05:53:10 PM »

Looks good..I would prefer this shape if pickup is good!
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 07:24:44 PM »

Nice Work! It is something I would prefer to use.

Send the specs to B3 so I can order a custom made of this shape.
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 11:47:38 PM »

Nice Work! It is something I would prefer to use.

Send the specs to B3 so I can order a custom made of this shape.
You flatter me! Do feel free to send the profile photo to the Doc if you genuinely fancy one, I believe that's all he needs.
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2017, 10:57:50 AM »

Top work Edge
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2017, 05:11:46 PM »

Fantastic work @edge , it looks great! Give it a really nice polish and then get some cool labels made up. Monster runs next season!
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2017, 05:56:05 PM »

Fantastic work @edge , it looks great! Give it a really nice polish and then get some cool labels made up. Monster runs next season!
Cheers @JK Lewis , if I can get anywhere close to your feats with a self-made bat I'll be over the moon! Had been planning on keeping it plain but the idea of getting some stickers done is tempting me hard...
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2017, 06:41:18 PM »

Thanks all! @ppccopener I think the balance feels pretty good to me and should obviously improve with binding and grips, looking forward to getting it properly finished off and really seeing how it feels to bat with but at the moment I reckon it feels pretty nice in the hands. I'm obviously a bit biased though ha so looking froward to seeing what other people make of it as well!

If the pick up feels right then the balance is right. Well done.
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Re: My first bat shaping effort
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2017, 08:44:29 AM »

Cheers @JK Lewis , if I can get anywhere close to your feats with a self-made bat I'll be over the moon! Had been planning on keeping it plain but the idea of getting some stickers done is tempting me hard...

Stickers is always a nice touch, however I'm not sure of the benefits of branding it 'Edge Bats'  ;)
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