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Churchy1989

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Re: Another 'First attempt' thread
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2019, 07:52:51 PM »

Both look great ! Keep on going!
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Re: Another 'First attempt' thread
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2019, 09:31:07 PM »

Lovely job mate, great work on the spine that is very crisp and straight.
I polish mine with this stuff https://www.bunnings.com.au/josco-sscard-white-polishing-compound_p6327131
Also good for getting a mirror finish on blades if you are stopping them. I use a bit of scrap MDF charged with the polish to get my draw knife and chisels dangerously sharp.
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Re: Another 'First attempt' thread
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2019, 11:17:18 PM »

Thanks all :)
I have some of that Josco white that came with a pack of buff wheels, but haven't actually tried it because it said it was intended for metals.  Will definitely give it a go now.
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Re: Another 'First attempt' thread
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2019, 02:00:30 AM »

I only used it because I had it lying around from some aluminium tubing that I'd polished and didn't have anything else at hand. I have used cut and polish for automotive paint too, that works quite well.
The only downside to the metal polish is that you need to have dedicated metal / timber setups so that you don't get the aluminium oxide onto a bat.
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Re: Another 'First attempt' thread
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2019, 07:19:25 PM »

Beauty!
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Re: Another 'First attempt' thread
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2019, 08:51:44 PM »

Good work mate, great efforts!
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Re: Another 'First attempt' thread
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2019, 02:04:15 PM »


Here's the last one.  It's a SH grade 2, and was the heaviest to start with, so I had to cut it back to 36mm edges, 58mm spine in order to get the weight down, ended up at 1200g or 2 lb 10oz with the scuff sheet.  This one has a higher middle


9 grains on the face, next to it's sisters.  The bottom of the handles have evolved a bit with experience - may need to re-visit the first couple in the future :)


My concaving skills need work.  The light shows up that maybe I need a cylindrical sander, but in normal light it's not that obvious.  Any tips??

I'm still working on a sticker design....
So now my fun time is over, but I have 3 more great bats to pick from, with a choice of different profiles, length's, pickups and weights.
The first one is fully played in, and I'm really impressed with the way it strikes the ball - sounds and feels great!  It would appear that the Red Ink pressing is fairly firm, as I'm yet to see a seam mark, and knocking in didn't take as long as I'd expected.

Thanks to all for the encouragement, and for the great advice found all over this forum :)
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