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Equipment => Bats => Bat Making => Topic started by: HellomynameisJ on February 15, 2019, 02:10:23 PM

Title: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on February 15, 2019, 02:10:23 PM
I've always wanted to make my own bat, and after a chance EBay encounter last week, I was able to make this dream come true. Last week I noticed a few handled clefts for sale on eBay and After umm'ing and ahh'ing for all of 30 seconds I decided to take the plunge!

Here are the results..

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Mcjacob23/Mobile%20Uploads/Snapchat-1834880345_zpsiu91vjhj.jpg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Mcjacob23/media/Mobile%20Uploads/Snapchat-1834880345_zpsiu91vjhj.jpg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Mcjacob23/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190212_205914_zpsdcsw7dky.jpg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Mcjacob23/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190212_205914_zpsdcsw7dky.jpg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Mcjacob23/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002539_zpsrffyekhk.jpg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Mcjacob23/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002539_zpsrffyekhk.jpg.html)
(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Mcjacob23/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002820_zps660jorvd.jpg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Mcjacob23/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002820_zps660jorvd.jpg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Mcjacob23/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002825_zpsm2ivwf1a.jpg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Mcjacob23/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002825_zpsm2ivwf1a.jpg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Mcjacob23/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002753_zps1z5b8co5.jpg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Mcjacob23/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20190216_002753_zps1z5b8co5.jpg.html)

(http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Mcjacob23/Mobile%20Uploads/MVIMG_20190214_163625_zpsleo7mvj2.jpg) (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Mcjacob23/media/Mobile%20Uploads/MVIMG_20190214_163625_zpsleo7mvj2.jpg.html)

I thoroughly loved the whole process and cant wait to do it again! My goal was to create something that was entirely useable and that I would be proud of walking out to the middle with and personally I feel that I've achieved that with the bat feeling great and weighing in at 2lbs9.5oz with the edges peaking at a modest 30mm and the spine at 51mm (very much a bat for the traditionalists)

The tools I used were as follows.
. Straight drawknife
. Block Plane
. Orbital Sander
. Rasp

The things I feel I could do better next time would be to leave more wood in the toe, and spend more time shaping the handle (although I was limited as the handle on this was already cut very thin towards the bottom and I didn't want to risk taking too much off) also, I would really love to find a plane with a rounded bottom to not rely on the drawknife so much in the final shaping. Please do note that I still need to do a finishing sand and a buffing, I just didn't have a few things available at the time of finishing.

Please share any thoughts or constructive advice for my future endeavours!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Ams4287 on February 15, 2019, 02:48:59 PM
Firstly congratulations - secondly great last picture  :D
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Churchy1989 on February 15, 2019, 03:46:47 PM
Top effort that mate!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: richyreed on February 15, 2019, 04:09:13 PM
Looks awesome for a first attempt (or any attempt for the matter)! Hope it goes as well it looks
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: goodarmcindy on February 15, 2019, 04:13:25 PM
That last picture is stunning. Great work.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: liscon12 on February 15, 2019, 04:22:49 PM
Great stuff, are you keeping the square toe?
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Seniorplayer on February 15, 2019, 05:01:55 PM
Well done
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: jbrommo on February 15, 2019, 05:13:04 PM
Looks really good, and something I'd love a go at!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Northern monkey on February 15, 2019, 06:00:33 PM
Cracking job
Get yourself a travisher
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Yorkershire on February 15, 2019, 06:45:47 PM
Great job ! So jealous... I want to Have a go this year too.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Grubby on February 15, 2019, 06:54:06 PM
Nice work 😀
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Chalkie on February 16, 2019, 09:11:23 AM
Well done, always impressed when people take the plunge and make their own bats.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: JK Lewis on February 16, 2019, 12:56:35 PM
Super job mate, really well done. Nice cleft there too. Hope it goes well for you.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on February 16, 2019, 11:37:06 PM
Thank you for all the kind words everyone!
Really excited to get stuck into some more

Great stuff, are you keeping the square toe?

I think I'll round the corners off just a little bit more, but nothing drastic on this one. I've been using a NB DC for the last few seasons and the square toe really doesn't phase me, I've not noticed it being a particular point of weakness or anything like that.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on April 14, 2019, 06:30:26 AM
Number 2!
A big thanks to John at @Red Ink Cricket for sorting some lovely clefts out for me, and answering all the questions I had along the way.

Specs:

EDGES: 38mm
SPINE: 62mm
HANDLE: Medium Semi-oval
PROFILE: Full
MIDDLE: Mid (shape is based loosely on an Aus GN legend)
WEIGHT: 2lbs9.5oz (picks up 2lbs8oz)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8cn1y2x9/IMG-20190414-145444-zpsnzwqhca4-edit-1555220171980.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NMnXXzpG/IMG-20190414-145502-zpsvlyfy5zk-edit-1555220233398.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/4dj5GyC1/IMG-20190414-145217-zpsklliwblg-edit-1555219762144.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/rsW9wTM2/IMG-20190414-145223-zpsybfgetgd-edit-1555219864700.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Xv7xctc9/IMG-20190414-145309-zpsfbnnkoil-edit-1555219683471.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/SxGD9m8y/IMG-20190414-145430-zpsjnm1haiw-edit-1555220071994.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)


Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Northern monkey on April 14, 2019, 07:12:48 AM
Very nice
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Red Ink Cricket on April 14, 2019, 07:22:54 AM
Nice effort mate! Looks good
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: strang on April 14, 2019, 10:39:37 AM
Inspirational!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: LukeFramBurton on April 14, 2019, 10:47:49 AM
Great stuff!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: tuffers007 on April 15, 2019, 11:51:55 AM
lovely looking bat, top work
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: JK Lewis on April 15, 2019, 04:40:09 PM
Nice one, great profile again. I prefer the more rounded toe you've shaped on this one, personally. Let us know how it goes in a game!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Wozaboxa on April 15, 2019, 05:19:43 PM
Loving that profile, can see myself now. walking out to the middle feeling all powerful then softly chipping one to mid on and trudging back.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Buzz on April 15, 2019, 07:58:23 PM
This is what custom bats forum should be all about.
Lovely work.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on April 17, 2019, 11:55:37 AM
Thanks all!, really appreciate the kind words and support.
I seriously can't get enough of this process. My fingers and hands are blistered and I've got willow dust my eyes ears and nose, but it's all worth it for the sense of satisfaction and pride when a bat is finished.

If anybody has Instagram and is vaguely interested in another cricket tragic's bat making and repairing antics, please feel free to follow me @ omega_cricket_australia

anywho!, Here is #3
I wanted to play around with a bit of a higher middle and more pronounced spine. I wanted to also experiment with offsetting the middle and the edge.

This came out at 2.9 and picks up really nicely.
(https://i.postimg.cc/7Z0hskxQ/IMG-20190417-213814-420.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cCv4Qq9h/IMG-20190417-213814-421.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)


(https://i.postimg.cc/057JXDcC/IMG-20190417-212828-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vm14rV4f/IMG-20190417-212900-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: strang on April 17, 2019, 03:05:20 PM
What does offset middle/edge do?
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: stevat on April 17, 2019, 03:09:08 PM
Changes the pickup I guess? Remember SAF used to do that a lot.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on April 17, 2019, 04:14:29 PM
The theory behind it from what I gather is that it extends the sweet spot without sacrificing the pick up. Whether it works or not is up for debate.

I chose to go higher middle will a lower edge peak purely because the person who this bat is made for plays on synthetic pitches, wanted big edges and not too much concaving, but didn't want anything too heavy so I wanted to distribute the weight as evenly as I could in the mid to high region.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: jonny77 on April 17, 2019, 07:50:15 PM
Followed you mate. Just about to have a go at this too, so interesting to hear about the process.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Komdotkom on April 17, 2019, 09:31:46 PM
Fantastic work! Did you just purchase the handled clefts from Red Ink? No problems with AQIS?
Sounds like a great winter project to keep me out of trouble!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Red Ink Cricket on April 17, 2019, 09:48:36 PM
Fantastic work! Did you just purchase the handled clefts from Red Ink? No problems with AQIS?
Sounds like a great winter project to keep me out of trouble!

Iíve sent loads to aus without issue. Give me a shout if you want any
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Komdotkom on April 17, 2019, 11:12:17 PM
Email sent!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on April 18, 2019, 01:02:28 AM
Fantastic work! Did you just purchase the handled clefts from Red Ink? No problems with AQIS?
Sounds like a great winter project to keep me out of trouble!

No issues whatsoever. Without getting into costs, you may find some issues if what you're bringing in exceeds $1000aud, but John was extremely helpful and everything went smoothly.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on August 05, 2019, 05:15:08 AM
Just a little update, I managed to get some stickers that I designed made up and I thought id get a photo of my first batch before that get back to their owners just in time for the Aussie Pre season. I couldn't be happier with the way these turned out!

(https://i.postimg.cc/C1yJT6T4/IMG-20190805-145339-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PxkbFpY3/IMG-20190805-145608-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/j5Q6Vxhs/IMG-20190805-145720-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CM7CmK17/IMG-20190805-145820.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qqJs4Pm2/IMG-20190805-145921-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/fy8xL8Fp/IMG-20190805-150034-2.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: DevAussie on August 05, 2019, 06:34:01 AM
Great stuff mate!! You've done brilliantly in a short space of time!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: jonny77 on August 05, 2019, 07:03:30 AM
Top work mate, the stickers look great! Hope it all goes well.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: HellomynameisJ on August 05, 2019, 09:22:29 AM
Cheers lads!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: jayralh on August 05, 2019, 10:19:46 AM
Well done. Stickers and grip goes very well together.
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: JK Lewis on August 05, 2019, 10:48:28 AM
Fantastic work mate well done. Now go score some runs and wave one proudly.  :)
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Chompy9760 on August 05, 2019, 04:08:38 PM
They look superb - well done!  Looks like some interesting profiles in there too.
Agree that the stickers and branding look very impressive.  Wish I'd thought of that :)
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: LukeFramBurton on August 05, 2019, 06:21:01 PM
Great looking stickers. Well done and good luck!
Title: Re: The first of (hopefully) many
Post by: Komdotkom on August 06, 2019, 11:07:11 PM
Nice work mate, good looking sticks there.