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New to Turning- Bat Finish Issue

Started by Adam Jarrell. Last reply by Shawn Allie Nov 11. 3 Replies

I want to thank everyone for the help on this forum.  I am new to turning bats I have two boys that are 6 and 9.  I also coach my 9 yo on a travel baseball team, him and a few other boys want a wood…Continue

Quality of billets

Started by Kevin sekula. Last reply by Kevin sekula Nov 5. 7 Replies

Good evening, being a new bat maker, when ordering billets, how do I determine if the quality of billets I receive are of good quality? There seems to be so many variables from straight grain, weight…Continue

Baseball Bat Templates

Started by Matt Rehkopf. Last reply by Adam Jarrell Nov 5. 12 Replies

Anyone have any baseball bat templates to sell? Thanks MattContinue

Pine tar line

Started by Chase. Last reply by Thomas Bednark Nov 5. 1 Reply

In what ways can you mark the pine tar line, or separate two tone bats? I have seen a different color paint be used (like a thick white line) and I have seen some kind of tape-like look being used.…Continue

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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.

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:

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

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.

Comment by Pelle Högström on September 9, 2015 at 8:43pm

Can anyone help with the validity of this site, especially the paragraph:

Preferred orientation for hitting with a hard maple baseball bat.

It states that the wood is tougher hitting on the flat grains with maple, is that also for birch and european beech?

Comment by Thomas Bednark on March 28, 2015 at 11:31am

The only players that have to be in the MLB approved list loop are those who are playing on a MLB team at any level. The list of MLB approved bats is in every clubhouse to be seen. To be approved is simple: have a list of players that want to use your bat,submit bats to MLB for inspection ,buy the required insurance and pay the required fees. A six pack of bats that meet the rules of label placement,ink dot,color,serial number,barrel inscription,density etc.will do the job. Then spend $35 k for the other expenses and you will be in. It takes more time to fill out the bat paper trail for each bat than it takes to make the bat. Tom at Barnstable Bat Company

Comment by Vance Clifton on March 27, 2015 at 10:23am

JVC Bats would like to thank those who bought our bats, with your help we have raised $49,650 and given out 18 scholarships. We are looking at giving out 3 more this year at $2500 a scholarship. All profits from JVC Bats go to scholarship.

Thankyou for your support

Comment by Michael Paes on March 26, 2015 at 9:11pm

My guess is because they want to make it as difficult as possible to learn and becom approved.

Comment by Pelle Högström on March 26, 2015 at 8:26pm
This is an open question to all the bat makers and other bat interested people out there that might be hard to answer: Why is the MLB approved bat list not open for all to see like the IBAF and CEB lists are?
I totally see the worth of an approved bat list for insurance purposes and so but why is it not open to read. The swedish league follow the CEB list but any player can get a bat approved that isn't on the list provided he has one to spare and if the bat is approved on other lists it pretty much is approved right away...

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