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Making a laminate
« on: January 30, 2020, 08:43:12 PM »

In my never ending quest to commit hate crimes against cricket, I'd like to make a laminate (performance lam not just a massive boat anchor).
I've read everything on here about them and own a TK lam, but the details are still a little vague. I've read about a sheet of rubber being installed or sometimes just a particular glue to create a slightly springy backing for the face.
Before I start ruining more willow, I've got a couple of questions
1) Can I make it from the same cleft or does it need to be a well pressed face stuck to a low density / over dried back?
2) What am I going to sandwich in there? Do I need to form a rebate inside to house the rubber, and what thickness rubber/urethane would be used? There was talk about a type of glue but no brands were mentioned
3) Can I just band saw the face off? I'm assuming that I'll cut through at about 6mm from the pressed face like the TK lam that I have.
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 08:56:20 PM »

@Ryan had made a few.

Winzer worth d3 wood glue is what the keeleys use I believe.
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2020, 04:21:58 PM »

Im so following this as I too am wanting to make one of these mythical weapons
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2020, 05:10:30 PM »

I remember reading the thread. An additive (borax?) was added to the PVA to try give additional 'bounce'.
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2020, 05:28:41 PM »

Do laminates actually perform better than regular bats?
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2020, 06:53:42 PM »

Do laminates actually perform better than regular bats?
Not in my view with the quality of bats these days
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2020, 07:08:17 PM »

Not in my view with the quality of bats these days
they perform better but they break quicker! been informed by an Asian bat maker
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2020, 07:37:42 PM »

I've seen some 1mm cork sheet for sale and am very tempted to try this.
I'll do some boric acid testing with PVA to work out the ratio.
My TK Lam is a pretty good stick, far better than most bats I've used.
Like my dowelled bat I'm going to do this as a challenge rather than for any performance gain.
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2020, 07:42:40 PM »

I've seen some 1mm cork sheet for sale and am very tempted to try this.
I'll do some boric acid testing with PVA to work out the ratio.
My TK Lam is a pretty good stick, far better than most bats I've used.
Like my dowelled bat I'm going to do this as a challenge rather than for any performance gain.

Your TK Lam is a TK so will play well. Having used a couple of different lams Ive the years in nets (never owned one) I can say that to me they are no better than a standard bat but always look good
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2020, 07:43:23 PM »

I've seen some 1mm cork sheet for sale and am very tempted to try this.
I'll do some boric acid testing with PVA to work out the ratio.
My TK Lam is a pretty good stick, far better than most bats I've used.
Like my dowelled bat I'm going to do this as a challenge rather than for any performance gain.
sorry, what's the purpose of the cork sheet?
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2020, 07:45:03 PM »

Your TK Lam is a TK so will play well. Having used a couple of different lams Ive the years in nets (never owned one) I can say that to me they are no better than a standard bat but always look good
there is grading on laminated bats as well :D
grade 1 is above 250, I heard
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Re: Making a laminate
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2020, 10:17:05 PM »

they perform better but they break quicker! been informed by an Asian bat maker

I have a laminate and it is a superb bat. Handle broke first. The blade survived lot of abuse in indoor (18 yard) nets - it is probably why it pings so well.
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