Making An Old School Baseball Bat – NO LATHE


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100 thoughts on “Making An Old School Baseball Bat – NO LATHE

  1. out of curiosity, why not round the handle guard and the round over on it all on the circular sander? seemed like you could have knocked two birds out while you were already there. great project, love the bat.

  2. amazing bat! well done. Had a silly idea while you were cutting the initial form. Doing the bat with strips of different woods laminated together and then carved. awesome work. you make it look easy 🙂

  3. one day , i want my own woodwork shop on my own property , when i get my own property , when i begin my nursing career , after i leave the service , once i join the service .

  4. Man that was awesome. Thank you for that video, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. You are a skilled artisan and my hat goes off to you, Sir. I spent four years in the United Sates Marine Corps flying all over creation in helicopters, making parts and pieces out of nothing to keep those birds in the air and today my Dad and I do much of the same keeping our planes flying but I swear I have never made anything as sweet as that bat! That was beautiful Brother.

  5. Wow if I played baseball I would definitely have to try and make one of those you are talented love your vids keep it up also I would really appreciate it if you could subscribe to my channel

  6. How can you make a old bat, wouldn't it be new if you just made it. You made it so you will always be older then that bat, unless you stop ageing. The wood is probably older than you, but the bat just happens to be made of wood in this case. When is the bat born and also starting it's ageing process, is it when it is carved out of the last lump of wood or the first, or just only when you are finished with all details and present bat in hand declaring, bat is finished. I'm am not from an English speaking country, so excuse me for my poor English, it is so much snow outside I am drinking my friends home made. Yes and I have to go out of the house and maybe a little more than I can say is that I have to go to the people who are not going to be able to make it to the meeting tonight about the bat issues we have had here also, we don't call it "a bat". I will be there at night and I was wondering if you could send me a copy of the receipt for the bat, exactly when it was created or born or whatever, the people who are interested in the future(bat) I will be in touch with them. We have many things to discuss. Also might of typed tonight, but I meant tomorrow, I'm pretty påverkad, don't know it in English. Very well

  7. Amazing old school bat. Not so much of a babe type of hitter, but your a hell of a nolan ryan pitcher. Almost struck yourself out

  8. I stumbled upon your gunstock video yesterday and now I’m seeing this and I’ve got to say that your hand tool skills are incredible! Keep up the awesome videos!

  9. Please listen and listen carefully because this may help you in the future with projects, that bat is f'ing awesome as $%#@!

  10. I got to 1:16 of this video,you was ranting about water censors,that is when i turned this of,as i HATE adverts. I will not watch TV because it is full of them. And since i do not watch TV thank GOD for Adblock .

  11. You need to do a voice over or add your own captions the YouTube ones are absolutely terrible to read.

  12. This guys a dumbass. Why didnt he just make the end of the handle out of the whole piece and not separate. Its looks like complete shit. Terrible wood worker.

  13. I know this comment is a little late but you should consider making these more there is a tons of baseball purists who like things old school and not a screwing with tradition I think if you made these and sold them you’d be a millionaire and with the price of wood bats these days sitting at $150 for a machine made I think you’d be able to sell these like hot cakes marketed as true hand made bats. Nice work brother stay sharp

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