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Equipment => Bats => Bat Making => Topic started by: Komdotkom on January 06, 2020, 07:02:56 AM

Title: Splice glue & handle preparation recommendations / suggestions
Post by: Komdotkom on January 06, 2020, 07:02:56 AM
I've recently purchased a few more clefts but they don't have the handles glued into them at the moment. Does anyone have a recommendation for a suitable glue? I got some clefts with handles from John at Red Ink last year and they had a funky amber coloured clear glue. I've seen people online just using PVA?
Title: Re: Splice glue recommendations
Post by: HellomynameisJ on January 06, 2020, 08:19:43 AM
Titebond 2 has been working well for the few rehandles I've done.
Title: Re: Splice glue recommendations
Post by: Komdotkom on January 06, 2020, 08:45:52 AM
Righto, I have loads of Titebond III
Title: Re: Splice glue recommendations
Post by: Red Ink Cricket on January 06, 2020, 08:53:02 AM
I use/ have used both titebond 2 and 3. Both work well
Title: Re: Splice glue recommendations
Post by: Northern monkey on January 06, 2020, 04:40:18 PM
 pva wood glue, itís what itís for
Title: Re: Splice glue & handle preparation recommendations / suggestions
Post by: Komdotkom on January 06, 2020, 09:59:40 PM
Excellent, thanks for the replies.
The clefts were supplied with what appear to be CA handles with the 5 cork inserts, and the splice cutting is far from a precision job. I've never rehandled something successfully (the one a attempted was an unmitigated disaster) so I've got a couple of questions before I ruin a perfectly good cleft.
1) Is the issue with the CA handles more to do with the diameter to which they are finished or are they just poor quality - should I just get new handles now and save myself the heart ache later on? Any suggestions on handle suppliers in Australia, I haven't seen any well priced good quality handles; they are either CA style or very expensive.
2) Surface finish inside the splice on the cleft is pretty average, I'm assuming that smoother is better? I was going to finish it with a sharp chisel and then 120 grit
3) Amount of compression in the splice. I've seen quite a few bats recently that have split through the splice and shoulders and I wonder whether this is due to the handle being slightly too large and just hammered in which is placing undue stress on the cleft which ultimately leads to cracks. I assume that I'm aiming for a tight fit which needs a bit of gentle tapping to seat the handle, but not use of a hammer or too much force
4) Any other suggestions?
Thanks!

Clefts - more coming in a couple of weeks
(https://i.imgur.com/3O3Jjgn.jpg)
CA style handle
(https://i.imgur.com/DRN8I6m.jpg)
Furry splice cut
(https://i.imgur.com/UPvRZVG.jpg)
Not a wonderful fit
(https://i.imgur.com/2VSmPbm.jpg)

In other news I was at Laver&Wood last week while on holiday and noticed that they'd recently had a shipment in from J&S Wrights of clefts. The clefts all had numbers on them which ranged from about 1400-1800 which I assumed at the time was the raw cleft weight, I really should have asked James but he was under the pump at the time and it slipped my mind.
Can anyone provide any input as to the basic weight of an uncut cleft and the expected range?


Title: Re: Splice glue & handle preparation recommendations / suggestions
Post by: Komdotkom on January 07, 2020, 09:20:04 AM
I had a better look at these handles and they are not very well stuck together, I'm starting to think I should get some handles sent over with my latest purchase from Laver and Wood
Title: Re: Splice glue & handle preparation recommendations / suggestions
Post by: Buzz on January 07, 2020, 09:57:56 AM
Invest in decent handles, they are really important.
Title: Re: Splice glue & handle preparation recommendations / suggestions
Post by: Red Ink Cricket on January 07, 2020, 12:48:10 PM
Donít need go do anything with the cut. Just leave it as the cut surface. So you will do by using the chisel or sandpaper is to potentially make the fit worse, thatís of course unless you are a dab hand with a chisel.