The game of cricket has been played for centuries in England and throughout the British Commonwealth, and during that time the fine art of creating a cricket bat has been refined and perfected by bat-making artisans.
While there are particular areas of the Rules of Cricket regarding the dimensions and nature of a bat, it doesn't take a professional bat maker to create a simple cricket bat.
Find a large log, preferably from a willow tree. Cut the log into a board 30 inches long by four inches wide by two inches thick. This board will be the blade, or the part of the bat used to hit the ball.
Draw a "V" shape on the top of the board and cut it out with a table saw. This "V" shaped hole will be where the handle goes.
Spray water on the top of the board and press down on the log with the large press. A rolling press is preferable, but if one is not available, find something that can place considerable flattening pressure on the board.
Find another piece of wood approximately 15 inches long by one inch wide by one inch thick, preferably from cane wood, or cut a piece of wood into these proportions. This will be the handle of the bat.
Cut the bottom corners off the handle so it makes a wedge that can fit into the "V" shaped hole on the blade.
Apply glue to the sides of the wedge at the bottom of the handle and let it dry.
Press down on the bat again. This will fuse the handle and the bat together.
Shape the blade with a hand lathe. The corners of the blade should be rounded and the back of the blade should have a ridge in its centre. Measure the bat from the bottom of the blade to the top of the handle. If the bat is more than 38 inches, cut off the top of the handle until the total length of the bat does not exceed 38 inches.
Use a sander on the bat until it is smooth and then apply lacquer to the bat.
Apply an adhesive covering to the handle. While traditionally this is done with twine, the covering can be from any material which provides a good grip, such as the material found on the handle of a tennis racket.
Make the front of the blade as flat as possible.
Children should be supervised when operating a table saw.
Tips and warnings
- Make the front of the blade as flat as possible.
- Children should be supervised when operating a table saw.
Things you need
- Log (preferably willow)
- Log (preferably cane)
- Table saw
- Large press (preferably rolling press)
- Hand lathe
- Gripping material (preferably tennis racket grips)