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Clear Coats

Started by Trevor Moss. Last reply by Chris Flores Aug 9. 1 Reply

Hey all,I just read up that some companies use post-catalyzed two-part lacquers for clear coat. Does anyone have any experience with these? Can anyone enlighten me on what it is the big companies use…Continue

Coloring Bats

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Flores Aug 9. 1 Reply

hey all. I was wondering what everyone is using to color their bats? I have used both wood dyes, wood stains and also high quality paint. I would love to using strictly dyes but can’t seem to get a…Continue

Model of Bats for heavier billets

Started by Kevin sekula. Last reply by Thomas Bednark Jun 20. 3 Replies

Good Morning Everyone,Any guidance on models to shape for billets that are 98-99oz. With the exception of heavier training bats that players have requested, I have found it difficult to utilize these…Continue

Bat model dimensions

Started by Joe. Last reply by Christine Bednark Mar 18. 4 Replies

hi all, I am a new bat manufacturer (small operation ran out of my garage) and am look for dimensions on different bat models. I have searched everywhere on the internet and was hoping somewhere…Continue

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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.

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


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