Making An Old School Baseball Bat – NO LATHE


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100 thoughts on “Making An Old School Baseball Bat – NO LATHE

  1. Please listen and listen carefully because this may help you in the future with projects, that bat is f'ing awesome as $%#@!

  2. I got to 1:16 of this video,you was ranting about water censors,that is when i turned this of,as i HATE adverts. I will not watch TV because it is full of them. And since i do not watch TV thank GOD for Adblock .

  3. You need to do a voice over or add your own captions the YouTube ones are absolutely terrible to read.

  4. This guys a dumbass. Why didnt he just make the end of the handle out of the whole piece and not separate. Its looks like complete shit. Terrible wood worker.

  5. I know this comment is a little late but you should consider making these more there is a tons of baseball purists who like things old school and not a screwing with tradition I think if you made these and sold them you’d be a millionaire and with the price of wood bats these days sitting at $150 for a machine made I think you’d be able to sell these like hot cakes marketed as true hand made bats. Nice work brother stay sharp

  6. A base ball bat blank needs to be split out of the log. Resawing from a sawn plank has left you with very weak grain structure in the handle area.

  7. This is the only video i disagree with you on wood woeking is all about energy and patients this video shows neither sorry just my opinon

  8. If someone doesn't have access to a lathe, he won't have an enormous bandsaw and a discsander either. You could just have used hand tools for that, it would be easier to understand.

  9. Awesome video, really appreciated the ending where you didn't just cut to the first successful swing and especially liked that when you made contact the dog showed absolutely zero interest in chasing it down for you, lol. Very cool build

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  11. You could’ve easily not included the times you missed the ball, but it was awesome how intrigued I was into the video and you walk up confidently to hit the ball and you miss! It was by far the funniest thing for me!

  12. Full respect to the guy.  He has great skill.  That said, I don't care for the bat's shape.  It doesn't have any discernable barrel, and just gets lopped off at the end with very little tapering.  Likewise for the handle.

  13. Was keen to watch your video but … had to watch two ads to get to the start of it which is normal these days on YouTube but then 45 seconds in another 2 ads came up. Done. I'll find what I'm looking for elsewhere.

  14. Why not round the top to a more traditional shape and the extra sticking out of the knob seems like an odd choice. Very beautiful piece but a little confused why it's not more traditional.

  15. Don't you think it would be easier to shape the bat in woodturning it ? I've no experience with wood, but i imagine this could be a good way to keep the bat straight with a good symetry. Am i totally wrong ?

  16. I wonder why, as you had the blank in a jig for cutting anyway, you didn't just rotate the blank 45 degrees on its center line and cut it octagonal with the bandsaw?

  17. It’s a round club. It’s not difficult dude. Try making a cricket bat that’s any good. That’ll test ‘you’ somewhat.

  18. Why would you make it without a lathe? that's.. pretty much the go to for old school baseball bats for a reason. They used them. It's not like the lathe is new.. it's thousands of years old O_o

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