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where can I get decent maple billets?

Started by william baker. Last reply by Michael Paes 9 hours ago. 8 Replies

I'm a beginner bat maker. I make bats for me and some of my teammates to use. I'm having a hard time finding billets at an affordable price and/or buying by the pallet. I found some on rockler site…Continue

Bat finishes

Started by William Cooke Apr 20. 0 Replies

Hey guys. I'm new to the site and was wondering what finish is best for bats. I'm using a black dipping lacqure and clear spray lacqure but what do you use for your other colors. Thanks in advance…Continue

Who here does this the old fashioned way with a lathe and hand tools? looking for tips.

Started by william baker. Last reply by Michael Paes Apr 19. 1 Reply

I just started making bats for me and a few teammates. I do it all by hand just because it's fun for me. learning a lot about the billets from here but just wondering if the are any tips out there.…Continue

Baseball Bat Templates

Started by Matt Rehkopf. Last reply by Thomas Bednark Apr 13. 16 Replies

Anyone have any baseball bat templates to sell? Thanks MattContinue

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Comment by John MacDougall 9 hours ago

Bobby Byrd.  I can't imagine how you could have 3x3x36 billets of Pignut that weigh 80 to 100 ounces.  I have sourced hickory I use from several eastern states over the past 6 years and it all weighs around .450 ounces per cubic inch.  That would put your billets at about 145 ounces.  What you are calling out is lighter than ash, maple or birch.  ???

Comment by Bobby Byrd yesterday

I just joined the site. Any one looking for Hickory wood billets. Just starting to make bats for fun and can make them for others soon. My main goal is to make everyone aware that I have been testing different kinds of hickory for the past year and in games and practices. My first hickory bat was made of Mockernut Hickory 33' inches with 15/16 handle. I cant seem to break it. Believe me i have tried. I trimmed the handle down to 7/8 and it still wont break. Great pop after ya break it in. Bitternut hickory has great pop right off the lathe. Outstanding flex and pop. Pignut hickory is great all around. I have found that with Pignut and Mockernut, you can go up the tree to get lighter billets and still be much stronger and durable than ash or maple. Bitternut finally broke after a full summer of games and hitting practices. It barely cracked. I had to break it through by breaking it over my knee. Once I start making them full time I will offer warranties for each one 30 day for bittternut, 45 for pignut and 60 for mockernut. All three out perform ash and maple as long as the baseballs do not have soft cores. Anything from a Diamond D1 to harder. Softer core balls need softer wood to keep from over compressing the baseball.  Billets are squares 3x3x36. If you are a big company looking for lighter pignut billets, let me know or email me. bobrnow@yahoo.co.uk  I know where ya can get them by the pallet. approx 80 ounces through 100 ounces. I would get them but ya have to buy them by the pallet.

Comment by Bill Stanton on April 19, 2016 at 9:57am
Comment by Eric on April 12, 2016 at 10:46pm
I am new to turning bats, I've copied a few originals but I'm looking for good template to use in my vega Duplicator. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys
Comment by Bill Stanton on April 4, 2016 at 11:40am
Comment by Thomas Bednark on November 10, 2015 at 6:55am

Kevin,your billets in most cases have been shipped dried to a moisture content of 6% to 10%. There is no need to test the MC. You only need a meter when drying your own. Store billets in a dry area,not a damp basement or a super hot room.Wood will reach an MC to your area, Arizona more dry,Florida more wet. You may need to condition you shop humidity to your local humidity .

Comment by Shawn Allie on October 23, 2015 at 11:37am

Hi all, 

I am new to checkswing and new to turning as well. I have turned a number of bats and am learning quickly about billet wights and expected outcome weights. I was curious if anyone had a few standard turning model profiles they would be willing to share. I hand turn, and am making in small quantity but this knowledge would help me to lower waste. I realize that many people may keep these close to the vest, but any help to a beginner would be truly appreciated! Certainly would be better than buying each and measuring them out myself. 

Thanks Everyone, looking forward to hearing your responses!

Shawn

Comment by Area51 Sports on October 21, 2015 at 10:17am

Attention all turners and suppliers.  There are two people going around and presenting themselves as owners or partners of our former company Area51Sports or North American Baseball.  They are scam artists and have defrauded many people out of thousands of dollars.  Do not do business with them.  If you are contacted by them hang up.  We are no longer in business so we would not be ordering billets or supplies.  Contact me at frederickbonds@gmail.com should you run into them.

Comment by Bill Stanton on September 10, 2015 at 10:09am

Pelle-  Roland is a CS member and very knowledgeable about wood bats.  You can connect with him here if you'd like:  http://www.checkswing.com/profile/RolandHernandez

Comment by John MacDougall on September 9, 2015 at 11:53pm

Pelle
That is a site that Roland Hernandez put up to educate about wood science as it relates to bats. He owns Rockbats and was on the MLB bat panel as well. He is the one that came up with the ink dot test. So, yes. It is valid. Hitting on the flat grain side is for all diffuse porous woods so that would apply to birch. Don't remember on EU beech.

 

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