What Is A Good Way To Make Bats For Brent Wheel?
Posted 31 March 2010 - 06:01 PM
Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:22 AM
AMACO offers some really nice Plasti-bats that are extremely durable and great for studio use. They last forever and i have never heard of one warping in a studio setting.
If you are set on making your own bats i would steer you towards cutting some out of 1/4" masonite board but that does tend to break down over time and you will see some warpage.
Posted 02 April 2010 - 11:38 AM
I had my husband, a woodworker, make me bats from high density particle board. He drilled holes to fit my screws, and they work great!
Posted 02 April 2010 - 02:57 PM
Posted 02 April 2010 - 02:59 PM
Figure the size you need, and figure the size square that will contain the circle. Cut as many squares as you want. I made mine a little smaller than the wheel head because of the size of the sheet goods. I drew an X from corner to corner of each bat and drilled a small hole where the lines crossed in the center. I drilled a small hole in the deck of the band saw. This hole must be placed exactly horizontal to the blade, separated from it by the distance of the radius of the circle. I placed a bat square (or two, or three) so that the hole lined up with the hole on the band saw deck, and slipped a nail down through both, to tie them together. Pivoting on the nail, I cut the circle, making the bat(s). You could also do this with a jig saw, but it's difficult to get a nice circle, and takes a long time. The guide hole in the center of each bat will fill up with clay and soon you won't remember it's there.
Placing the holes for the bat pins can get tricky. It would probably be best to figure this out before you drill the center holes--I waited until after, and this threw me off. Measure from the inside edge of one pin to the outside edge of the other one. Divide it in half, and measure from the center of your bat square out toward the edges and mark the spots along the crossing lines you've already drawn. You might want to drill one even before you start cutting them into circles, just to make sure you've got it right. Be very careful about having your drill bit centered perfectly. I ended up using a file on all of mine to fix the placement. It was a pain. It helps to use a drill press if you've got one. Once you've got one bat drilled so it fits properly, just use that as a template for the others. Be careful, though, not to ream out the sides of the hole. This is the only really precise measurement, and it does have to be precise.
Hope this helps.
Posted 04 April 2010 - 10:39 PM
Posted 15 April 2010 - 06:01 PM
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