Woodturning

Hornbean Baseball Bat

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19/03/2013

Making a baseball bat is fun. It’s a relatively straightforward woodturning project.

The first thing to do is to find a good blank of either Hard Maple or Northern Ash. The rough size should be approximately 76mm round and 900mm” long. The straighter and tighter the grain, the less chance it will break when you use it. Material that’s been graded for making bats is much better than what you find at the local hardwood store. You can find a number of good sources online. I’ve used Hornbean for this particular baseball bat.

Finish: Danish Oil

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Berrie van den Hoofdakker
Wijchen, The Netherlands

Woodworking matters. It's more than a hobby—being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects and that you're as interested in the process as the outcome. Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention and take the time to do things right.