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brokenbat

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reducing edges
« on: July 10, 2017, 06:54:45 PM »

I have a straight drawknife (bought off amazon), which has been quite useful in the past when I have needed to reduce toe thickness and/or blend the spine into the toe. I would just chop off the unnecessary spine/toe and then smooth it out with an orbital sander.

now, I have a bat that feels a tad heavy, and I just wanted to trim the edges down towards the toe. would the above approach work? I.e. I take the straight draw knife to the edges, and then smooth out the resulting kink with sandpaper?
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Re: reducing edges
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2017, 08:14:42 PM »

You could but you are at risk of removing to much wood or having  edges of different shapes and  thickness
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Re: reducing edges
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2017, 08:24:50 PM »

Personally I would recommend a curved spokeshave if you have a concaved bat. These are probably more easily available than a curved hand plane. It may take you longer to reduce the weight but it will give you a much more controlled and easy to sand finish!
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Re: reducing edges
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 12:04:17 PM »

I'm pretty clumsy with a drawknife, I definitely find it easier to use a plane of some description to reduce edges. Also, you should draw your new edges on both sides with a template first, otherwise they'll quickly look uneven. Best of luck!
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Re: reducing edges
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 12:45:58 PM »

Mark both edges first
Then just use the orbital sander, takes seconds
Easy
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