Today I'm going to walk you through everything you need to know in order to turn your own baseball bat. The 4 best types of wood used for bats are maple, ash, birch and bamboo. After picking out the type of wood that is best for your situation, it's time to turn your bat on the lathe. I started by marking the key areas that I'll need reference points for to make measurements. I did this using a caliper and I measured an old wood bat I had and transferred the measurements to my bat billet. I then used a roughing gouge to nicely taper each section to the reference points i made. This gave my bat its main shape. Using a variety of sandpaper, I sanded the bat smooth on the lathe and cut off the leftover ends on my bandsaw. Now my bat was ready for a finish. I used a combination of paint and clear coat to get the desired finish I had in mind. After letting the paint and clear coat dry for a few days, my bat was all done and ready for the big leagues!
Plans or Notable Links for this week's Project:
Nothing this week!
Today I'm building an awesome desk for editing videos or playing your favorite games. When I set out to build this desk, I knew that I wanted absolutely no wires showing when it was all said and done. This was extra challenging considering the slim, sleek look of this desk. I started out by designing the frame, made of solid oak for the strongest structure possible. Next up, I added false fronts to get the look of drawers without losing any space for cable management. I finished the oak with 3 coats of satin black polyshades to get a smooth finish. I Then moved onto the 3/4" melamine top, where I drilled 2" holes for each of my monitors and 1" holes for my speakers. This allows the cables to show as little as possible, which gives the desk a much cleaner look. On the inner sheet of melamine, I drilled a 2" hole on each end to allow my computer to be placed on whichever side I would like. Once I brought everything together, my desk was complete!
This is a video that explains why I only made a few videos last year and what my plans going forward for the future are. Thank you all for understanding and I look forward to make a lot of great woodworking content going forward in the future this year!!