Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 19. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking IV
Stage III Sanding and Finishing
The bat is first sanded using a Bobbin Sander, rotating on a horizontal shaft. This is inflated to approximately 20psi, and begins with a 100 grit coarse sanding sleeve. This stage is done totally by eye, and is one of the most complex parts of the batmaking process. It takes many years of practice before a Batmaker is truly competent sanding bats, and is the most difficult part of the bat maker’s craft to learn.
Sanding using a drum sander.
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More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
1. Salix alba var. Caerulea
2. Watermark Disease
3. Why English Willow
4. Grading Willow
5. Butterfly Willow
6. Grain Structure & Willow Colour
7. Testing a Cleft
8. Laver & Wood’s Guide to Cricket Bat Handles
9. Laver & Wood’s Handles
10. Handle Breakage
11. Revised Handle Laws
12. Handle Manufacture
13. The Coefficient of Restitution and Centre of Percussion – What are these?
14. The Importance of Pressing Cricket Bat Willow
15. Traditional Bat Making
16. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking I
17. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking II
18. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking III
19. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking IV
20. The Weather & Bat Making
21. Preseason Bat Check
22. Bat Repair and Maintenance
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage
26. Batting in Wet Conditions
27. Making Bats Last Longer
28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them