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« on: December 13, 2008, 12:48:18 PM »

Incase some of you didnt know Norbair has his own blog where he writes about cricket bats and general geeky physics to do with cricket bats  :D

Great article here on tools and how to make a bat - well worth a look!
 http://www.cricket-stuff.co.uk/?p=173
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2008, 05:14:51 PM »

Anyone got any idea on what grit sandpapers are best to be used to sand  a cricket bat down to a nice finish?  Will three different grits be enough?
I also plan to get a drum sander for a drill to sand a concave (If I decide I like making a bat!)
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2008, 11:15:41 PM »

If you want to make a bat and decide to concave it then save your money and hand sand, the Pro's are still working on the best way to sand concave shapes and spend a lot of money and time trying to solve it. The batmakers I know only sand with 2 stages of sanding, they just invest time in the process and polish well.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2008, 12:51:31 AM »

leo i recently used no. 180 nad 220 sand papers and it gave my bats a amazingly smoth finish. The trick however is to sand with coarse sand paper (aluminium oxide) and gradually move to finer sand paper.

for the final touch I used Salix bat wax
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2008, 09:50:54 AM »

Nice thanks for the tips everyone, when do you think you'll be looking at the newbery subs talisman?
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2008, 01:32:14 PM »

Anyone got any idea on what grit sandpapers are best to be used to sand  a cricket bat down to a nice finish?  Will three different grits be enough?
I also plan to get a drum sander for a drill to sand a concave (If I decide I like making a bat!)
Leo, I tend to use a grade 40 or 60 to start with then work my way up to grade 160 for a final finish.
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2008, 02:19:22 PM »

So does everyone use a sanding block? Have any of you use a drill bit?
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Re: How to Guide...
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2008, 03:19:34 PM »

Becareful with the cushion sander drill bit things there is a huge potential for disaster....

Concaving - I use a Clifton Spokeshave or Travisher [Pattern Makers plane] and for finishing I hand sand [will check the girts latter but I do about 3 to 4 stages]
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2008, 04:08:28 PM »

Whats the disaster with the cushion sander? Im intrigued now lol?
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2008, 07:00:31 PM »

I use 3 grits, 60, 120 and 240.

Gives a decent finish with a bit of elbow grease!
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2008, 09:10:12 PM »

Whats the disaster with the cushion sander? Im intrigued now lol?

It can take off wood like you wouldn't believe if you don't have a varible speed drill or is spining to fast.
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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2008, 09:14:47 AM »

+ it will burn the wood (if spinning to fast)
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