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Hiding paint transitions and finishes.

Started by Eric . Last reply by Michael Paes on Tuesday. 1 Reply

What are some guys using to hide the transition and getting that shine on the bats like what the pros use?

Axe bat handle- Pedroia.

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by william baker May 14. 2 Replies

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where can I get decent maple billets?

Started by william baker. Last reply by Michael Paes May 2. 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

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Comment by Bobby Byrd on May 5, 2016 at 12:35am
Hey John you can't hardly get that weight. You have to go up the tree.
One can get the weights down to .400.
. 450 is usually pretty close otherwise.
.400 is usual maple weight.
Comment by Bobby Byrd on May 3, 2016 at 10:14pm
Hey John McDougal thanks for catching the typo. 3x3x37" billets would weigh between 125-133 ounces. If they were the size I was talking about which is a little brouder is 2.75x2.75x37 and they are 80-100 ounces. They are incredible. I hit side by side with an ash bat and same weights on the 33" bats last week. The
Light pignut hickory out performed the Ash with out a doubt. 20 foot minimum distance on well hit balls. I had my college club team watch and tell me. Pignut and mockernut are strong enough to go up the tree and still be much stronger and durable than ash or maple. I turned 5 of them last year and I Ben trying to break them. All are in good condition. I have some college players hitting with them for batting practice and live practice pitching and I have been hitting cage balls and using against live pitching. I will keep trying.
Comment by John MacDougall on May 2, 2016 at 1:04pm

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 on May 1, 2016 at 10:27pm

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.  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!


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 should you run into them.


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