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HellomynameisJ

The first of (hopefully) many
« 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..














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!
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 02:48:59 PM »

Firstly congratulations - secondly great last picture  :D
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 03:46:47 PM »

Top effort that mate!
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #3 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
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 04:13:25 PM »

That last picture is stunning. Great work.
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2019, 04:22:49 PM »

Great stuff, are you keeping the square toe?
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 05:01:55 PM »

Well done
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2019, 05:13:04 PM »

Looks really good, and something I'd love a go at!
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2019, 06:00:33 PM »

Cracking job
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2019, 06:45:47 PM »

Great job ! So jealous... I want to Have a go this year too.
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2019, 06:54:06 PM »

Nice work 😀
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2019, 09:11:23 AM »

Well done, always impressed when people take the plunge and make their own bats.
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2019, 12:56:35 PM »

Super job mate, really well done. Nice cleft there too. Hope it goes well for you.
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Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #13 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.
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HellomynameisJ

Re: The first of (hopefully) many
« Reply #14 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)














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