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Chad

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Bat cradle for knocking in
« on: December 18, 2020, 09:00:15 PM »

Now, I may have just been imagining things, but is there such a thing as a bat cradle, where you have a wooden cradle with padding on which you rest the bat as you knock it in? Just wondering, as it can get a bit tiring holding the handle and knocking. I think I recall one being shown in a picture at Laver & Wood, but could be remembering wrongly.

If there is, where could I find one, or get some instructions on how to make one?
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Re: Bat cradle for knocking in
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2020, 09:18:04 PM »

You are right, Im pretty sure Laver had one. I think it was a cross wooden frame at each end  with material to make a hammock like area for the bat. Not sure if it was padded or just the material
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Re: Bat cradle for knocking in
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2020, 09:55:09 PM »

You are right, Im pretty sure Laver had one. I think it was a cross wooden frame at each end  with material to make a hammock like area for the bat. Not sure if it was padded or just the material

Thanks @Red Ink Cricket for confirming I wasn't imagining things! If memory serves me right, you guys prepare all your bats - do you just prepare on the press cradle/bone edges with the handle clamped on the vice?
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Re: Bat cradle for knocking in
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2020, 09:59:11 PM »

They go through my knocking in machine and then have the edges and blade boned after final finishing and before stickering.
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Re: Bat cradle for knocking in
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2020, 11:04:53 PM »

With the amount of bats you have Chad Im very surprised you havent got your own knocking in machine tbh!
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Re: Bat cradle for knocking in
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2020, 11:11:22 PM »

With the amount of bats you have Chad Im very surprised you havent got your own knocking in machine tbh!

You have no idea - I don't know how much one costs - but if I knocked them all in via the machine, and assume knocking in costs 25 - i think I'd make a net gain!
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Re: Bat cradle for knocking in
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2020, 12:20:11 PM »

Low tech here - I just lay an old pillow on my lap, and rest the bat on it.  There's less strain on the hand and the handle that way, but I guess it does soften the impact of the mallet a bit.
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Re: Bat cradle for knocking in
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2020, 05:10:23 PM »

I use the low tech option of wrapping the bat handle in a towel yo reduce the impact on the hand i am holding the bat with
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