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