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    First baseball bat...

    I had some 3x3 square wood sitting in a corner, so I decided to have a go at making a baseball bat. I haven't turned my lathe on in 18 months, so I knew it would take a bit of work to get myself back in the groove. So this is how it looked after I had knocked off the corners and developed the basic shape. This is a bat for a small child.

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    Now, I kept leaving bumps and areas that were not smooth, so I kept trying to correct my mistakes, and this is how it ended up...

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    So, back to the drawing board...
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Now seriously, folks

    I had my great niece do some sanding, and then I stamped her initials on the bat and gave it to her. I am practising making a bat for my new grandson arriving in September.

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    Knowng my great-niece as I do, she'll probably save that and tell her kid "Your great-great-uncle Roger made that."
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    Roger


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    You had me going with your first post!

    You're a good uncle to get your niece involved in the project!
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    Re the second pic---Just tell the kid it is a pool cue.

    Re the beautiful young lady: She has the look of a person who is as nice as they look.

    Enjoy,
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    On the plus side, it looks like you handled the bumps and areas that were not smooth.

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    Roger,

    Nice pictures of the bat and the young lady! I'm sure she will treasure the bat and hopefully still have it when it is time to beat off suitors. When I was a child nobody in the whole neighborhood had a bat. My brother and I cut the limbs off of a Christmas tree trunk and the whole neighborhood played baseball with that "bat" for most of a year. It was an event when dad took us to the store and bought a Louisville slugger. That bat was still around thirty years or more later, may still be in the family. Baseball bats last a long time and with her initials on it I'm sure that one will be hers long after she is an adult.

    Hu

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    Roger glad to see you dusting off the lathe, and what a great gift for such a nice looking young lady. I'm sure it will be aroung for a long time.

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    That girl is gonna bonk you if she doesn't get ice cream!! Well done Uncle Rog!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Re the second pic---Just tell the kid it is a pool cue.

    Re the beautiful young lady: She has the look of a person who is as nice as they look.

    Enjoy,
    JimB

    She is a wonderful, intelligent young lady. As her father and maternal grandfather are dead, and her other grandpa isn't around a lot, I've become a sort of stand-in grandfather for her, and she's my practise grandchild. She loves to build things with me, and to look through my telescopes. She told me yesterday that I'm like one of the guys on Big Bang Theory, except that I'm fun, and he isn't.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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