Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Slicing a baseball bat down the middle - sure I can do that
*** If you're looking for split baseball bats - check out my Etsy store listing here. By popular demand, I've purchased some bats and split them, so they're ready for your next flag project!
When I received a call about slicing a baseball bat in half, I thought I'd be cutting one or two of them. Imagine my surprise when a customer showed up with a box of bats!
She'd seen a cool wall sculpture of an American flag, and pulled up the image on her phone to share it with me. I haven't been able to find the exact one she showed me, but it was WAY cool. Here are a few I found, but hers was awesome.
Cutting them in half was a little trickier than I thought it might be. While I could have used my Laguna bandsaw to make this cut, I didn't want to take a chance of the blade wavering a bit, and making a curved cut. So I decided to use the table saw.
Hell, I make 90% of my cuts on a table saw!
I rigged up a 2x6 after cutting a V-groove down the center. I was worried about the bat "rolling" while in the middle of a cut, so the V-groove would help hold it in place while cutting it. At least... that was the plan.
A line in the center gave me a visual reference, assuring that I was making a centered cut on the bat. The funny thing was - these weren't real baseball bats, but more like "craft quality" bats. I have no idea where she purchased them, but they were definitely not meant for hitting a baseball! The grip on them was pretty small, maybe 3/4 of an inch at its narrowest point. When cutting that part of the bat, the vibration and chatter was pretty scary!
Honestly, I wouldn't try this at home, if you're not really skilled with a table saw It was a dicey procedure, with almost no way to use a push stick effectively.
I'm glad I can cross this job off my list - it's not very often that cutting something gives me the willies, but this cut was definitely a scary one.