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How to Make a Cricket Bat at Home

Instructions

    Step 1

    Select the cut of wood you intend to use for constructing your cricket bat. English Willow trees often have minor imperfections in the wood, but these faults have little effect on the final piece. The section of wood you choose for your cricket bat should have been pre-cut into a workable size, then waxed at both ends and dried. A slow drying process before any work is done ensures that the wood won’t crack or warp after your project is complete.

    Step 2

    Use a table saw to cut the basic shape of the cricket bat. The front of the cricket bat has a raised peak roughly halfway up the center (resembles a small hill from all angles). The back is left flat.

    Step 3

    Compress the bat in order to strengthen the willow fibers. Surround the bat with flat pieces of scrap iron roughly the same size as the bat blade and use strong clamps to add pressure. The closer you can get to 2,000 pounds per square inch of compression, the stronger your bat will be.

    Step 4

    Construct a handle using cane and rubber strips. The handle should be comfortable to grip, and the rubber strips should be glued to the wood before the whole piece is laminated. The lower portion of the handle is cut into a wedge shape, the reverse of which is then carved into the blade of the bat using a band saw. Glue the handle in place so that the top edge extends a tiny bit above the front face of the blade, and leave it to dry overnight.

    Step 5

    Carve the blade using a draw knife so that it is perfectly balanced. Try to leave as much wood behind as possible in the striking portion of the blade since this will give it more strength and help it to last longer. Smooth out any imperfections in your carving using a wooden plane.

    Step 6

    Sand the entire bat. All the work you’ve done so far will have given the bat an uneven texture, so it needs to be sanded down to a smooth finish. After sanding the wood, polish it with a compound wax.

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Things Needed

  • Willow wood
  • Table saw
  • Scrap iron
  • Metal clamps
  • Band saw
  • Cane
  • Rubber strips
  • Wood laminate
  • Draw knife
  • Wood plane
  • Sand paper
  • Compound wax

About the Author

Joanne Robitaille's first journalistic experience was in 1994, when she did school reports for a local newspaper, "Shoreline." Her articles now appear on various websites. Robitaille has a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Windsor.

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