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post #1 of 17 Old 10-12-2014, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie looking for advice with baseball bat project

Hi everyone,
First, I'm a complete newbie at this. I don't know if I should do this myself or try to hire someone, but here is what I'm trying to do. I have taken pictures to help better describe what my interests are:

I have a baseball bat:



I would like it cut several ways. First, I would like to take the nameplate area:



and cut it down to some sort of size like 3x1 inches with about 1/8 to 1/4 inches in thickness just like this baseball card has:



I would also like the rest of the barrel of the bat to have similar cuts made all around it. Here is the rest of the barrel of my bat I'm talking about:



So I can have my favorite player sign the pieces. Something similar to this: (never mind the fancy shape ... i just want rectangles)



That will leave the majority of the "innards" of the barrel, which i would like to have "sliced" into 1/8" to 1/4" thick pieces ... almost like you would slice a piece of bread, starting with the very end:



The end would look similar to this:



whereas inner slices would look like this:



I would like the same thing applied to the knob and handle:





I am sorry for all of the pictures - I wanted to be as thorough as possible. How can this be accomplished, and what kind of tools are needed?

thanks so much in advanced!
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It's not difficult to turn a bat however the lettering looks like it's either a vinyl decal or has been stenciled. If you were making a bat to use the wood of choice is ash and use as straight grain ash as you can find.
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It's not difficult to turn a bat however the lettering looks like it's either a vinyl decal or has been stenciled. If you were making a bat to use the wood of choice is ash and use as straight grain ash as you can find.
I appreciate the response, however i'm not looking to make a bat. I'm looking to cut apart the bat I have based upon the examples in my post.
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Ok, Since you are a beginner I would recommend getting someone with experience to do it. You could cut it apart on a bandsaw however cutting something round on a bandsaw is very dangerous. Sometimes the blade grabs the wood and tries to spin a round piece of wood. This is what makes it dangerous. At least a person that is experienced will know how to hold the wood in such of a way not to get body parts sucked into the blade in the event that happens. It happens in a blink of an eye so you have to prepare for it ahead of time.
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Where do you live? That can let us know who is closer to you that might be able to help cut it for you.
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Where do you live? That can let us know who is closer to you that might be able to help cut it for you.
I am in the northwest houston area - any ideas of how much something like this would cost? I certainly don't want to lose a finger or hand doing it myself, but also don't want to pay an arm or a leg for it either, lol!

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just did this a month or so ago.

i built a sled to carry the bat. the sled rode against the fence of the table saw to slice of what needed cut. do you have access to a table saw? I guess a band saw could also be used.
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just did this a month or so ago.

i built a sled to carry the bat. the sled rode against the fence of the table saw to slice of what needed cut. do you have access to a table saw? I guess a band saw could also be used.
really? great! do you have any pictures of how it came out? do you create custom cards? I don't have any type of saw, nor have i ever used one.
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this last project was to split the bat in half, and mount it as a plaque. i didn't keep any photo's, sorry.

we make custom cards often on our laser engraver.
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this last project was to split the bat in half, and mount it as a plaque. i didn't keep any photo's, sorry.

we make custom cards often on our laser engraver.
i'd love to see some of your custom card work if you have any pics of those!
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You can so everything you wrote with a clamp and a coping saw, it would be the less expensive way to do it.
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i'd love to see some of your custom card work if you have any pics of those!
i'll send you a pm.
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It is very difficult to read what you wrote interspersed with the pictures because the font is so small.

I do not believe that you can cut to the thickness you want because of the curvature of the bat. Probably to get the whole name you will have to make a thicker slice.

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any other thoughts people?
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i still have not had this done - i'd love some more guidance if anyone has any. Thanks!
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You might try talking to the shop teacher at your local high school, or talking to someone at a Woodcraft or Rockler store. They might be able to link you up with someone who could do it for you.

Alternatively, if you're interested in learning some woodworking beyond this specific project, you could probably buy a small bandsaw on CL pretty cheaply, and get familiar with using it- practicing on rectangular pieces first!
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thank you for the responses - any more feedback or recommendations as to who I can have this done by would be great.
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