Step-by-Step Plan for Making Your Own Cricket Bat

Written by daniel westlake | 13/05/2017
Step-by-Step Plan for Making Your Own Cricket Bat
Cricket bats have a long, flat surface. (Cricket batsman at wicket image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

Cricket requires a uniquely shaped bat. It is flat and long with more maximum surface area to hit the cricket ball, but has a grip and handle like a baseball bat. You can buy a cricket bat, or you can make one yourself out of a specific type of wood with a specific type of design.

Top Quality Willow

Cricket bats are made from willow tree wood. Find the best and most durable and solid willow tree wood so you can to make a long-lasting cricket bat. Laver & Wood is known to sell top quality willow lumber, already cut into 28-inch blocks that you can carve your cricket bat from. When picking the wood, you want a piece with a wide grain, so that the cricket back has good structure, which should make for a longer life for your bat. While a bat made from more narrow-grained wood will feel really good initially, don't expect much life out of it.

Shaping the Cricket Bat

Cut out the handle, about 8 to 10 in length, from one end. You can do this with a table saw, which would be the easiest way to cut the wood, or with a handsaw and a hatchet. It may be a good idea to trace the outline of the cricket bat out of the 28 inch block of wood you are cutting into, just so you have guidelines. Once you have sawn out your grip handle, begin to shave down each long side of the bat from the large block of wood, so it is thinner, lighter and easier to swing. The weight of your cricket bat should ideally be a minimum of 0.907kg, 227gr., or a maximum of 0.907kg., 369gr. So you will need to cut the wood down to this point, sanding and shaping it smooth.

Grip and Stain

Once you have cut the bat to the proper size and sanded it, you'll want to stain it with weather seal. This will add a bit more weight to the bat itself, but will also extend your cricket bat's overall lifespan, by protecting it against the elements and also making it stronger in general. The grip on the bat will be slick against your hand as well. So you'll want to wrap it with tape or rubber so you can have the best possible grip when swinging your new cricket bat.

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