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gazr5

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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #105 on: November 17, 2019, 07:27:07 AM »

I love the old blue and green GM stickers. Wish they did a rero bat with them on. Great job on the refurb!
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #106 on: November 17, 2019, 08:27:41 AM »

I love the old blue and green GM stickers. Wish they did a rero bat with them on. Great job on the refurb!

That would be awesome, as long as they didnt make the bat right handed though. Remember those? One edge was rounded, and the other was squared off.
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #107 on: November 17, 2019, 02:41:07 PM »

Says the man with a load of left handed bats :D

There's likely a reason for that... #Southpaw
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #108 on: November 17, 2019, 03:17:59 PM »

That would be awesome, as long as they didnt make the bat right handed though. Remember those? One edge was rounded, and the other was squared off.
well just chop that bit off and stick it back on the other side then  :D
Job done!
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #109 on: November 17, 2019, 03:53:54 PM »

That would be awesome, as long as they didnt make the bat right handed though. Remember those? One edge was rounded, and the other was squared off.

was fine as you could order a left handed one!!! - was the most confused i ever was - 16 and being asked if i wanted my GM autograph plus to be left handed or right handed - wasn't sure what was going on - i thought the bloke at GM was taking the piss  :D :D
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #110 on: November 28, 2019, 09:58:58 PM »

This got given to me on the weekend to fix, it's a favourite bat from one of our older players. He didn't have the chunk that's missing and I didn't really think it would be possible to stick such a small section in so I just cut the corner off it. The face is fully delaminated from the bulk of the bat and it sort of bounces when you tap it with the mallet.
I used Titebond III which dries a dark brown colour which accentuates the joint but it gives the best bond in my experince so with the super gaudy stickers it's not too noticeable.











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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #111 on: November 28, 2019, 10:03:29 PM »

Gaudy stickers, donated by another guy at the club.

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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #112 on: December 01, 2019, 09:06:22 PM »

Then I picked this up on Sunday from our keeper who was wondering why in made a strange noise off the toe.....
It's a weird shape and I've never seen one of these before, super concaved and a really low middle (didn't take a profile shot) with the spine right through the toe. It also doesn't have the GN braded edges which I though was odd but I'm not really up to speed with the GN changes over the years so that may be normal.
The crack didn't really want to open up much so I had to inject it with a syringe and use a foaming glue to fill any voids, then a put a dowel in and clamped it up it's currently drying in the vice.






Here's the finished product. He smokes a pipe which is very unusual in Australia so I got a custom pipe sticker made as a bit of a piss take and to hide the crack repair in the toe. It's a pity that good GN stickers aren't available, don't buy the ones from India that are on Ebay they are terrible.






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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #113 on: December 16, 2019, 04:00:04 PM »

Finished work for Christmas? Time for some refurb. This one is a nice Salix belonging to a clubmate who I usually open the batting with, nothing major but some little bits of feathering and damage round the toe. Face is in remarkably good condition considering how hard he hits the ball!

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Toe damage



Opened up the feathered side, plenty of glue in there and clamped between some handy offcuts to dry.

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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #114 on: December 16, 2019, 08:49:31 PM »

Are you using PVA for the feathering? I always wonder whether a foaming glue would penetrate more effectively but I've never tried it. I generally water down PVA by about 25% and then inject it with a syringe to get the glue right up there. My local chemist must think I've got real problems...
I like the rounded toe shape of this Salix and it seems to have kept the damage at the corners to a minimum, the current trend for square toes just seems like a recipe for bat repairs to me.
I recently repaired a bat (cracked should and splice) for one of our pros from Sri Lanka that had a graft in the bottom corner which was pretty amazing, I'll grab some pictures when I'm at training tonight. They'd cut the wood so it was essentially a keyed joint on both sides and then applied liberal bindings to it, the level of precision was unfortunately not great with some pretty big voids around the joins but he hits the ball really hard and it hasn't broken yet.
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #115 on: December 16, 2019, 09:25:09 PM »

Yeah just PVA, open the cracks up as best I can then stuff it down there with a Stanley blade. Best not to overthink it with most repairs in my experience, wood glue does the job. By the time you clamp it up most of the glue gets squeezed out anyway, you only need make sure some gets down there.
Not a fan of square toes but don't really think it makes a huge difference. Go for a flat toe edge with rounded corners on my own bats, best of both worlds.
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #116 on: December 19, 2019, 04:40:41 PM »

Toe damage glued up nicely, not exactly the biggest job ever but pleasing to do.



Coat of wax and a nice new scuff, grip tidied up, job done.

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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #117 on: December 19, 2019, 07:23:23 PM »

This seems a good a thread as any to ask this in, Do you watch the bat repair videos on youtube? Fantail put out quite a lot, in a weird sort of way I find it therapeutic, like ASMR videos but for people with weird cricket bat obsessions. 
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #118 on: December 20, 2019, 08:29:03 AM »

Yes fantail videos are amazing. They made me realise that it is pretty easy to refurb a bat that is horribly split. Just loads of glue, clamping and sanding...
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Re: The Before/After Refurb thread.
« Reply #119 on: December 20, 2019, 09:54:02 AM »

Yes fantail videos are amazing. They made me realise that it is pretty easy to refurb a bat that is horribly split. Just loads of glue, clamping and sanding...

The thing to remember with things like that though...
Almost all bats can be repaired, if the repair will hold though is a separate issue
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