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Quick Single
8th May 2011, 14:46
Salam/Hi

I need help to try and get rid of some weight off my bat. It's only 2.9/2.10 (don't know the exact weight) but I want it to be 2.7/2.6ish.

I have heard that sanding the bat works quite well, but do I need an electric sander or sand paper? If sand paper, rough or fine?

Sorry for the onslaught of questions. I appreciate any help I advance.

JazakallahKhair/ Thanks.

JN1301
8th May 2011, 16:11
Salam/Hi

I need help to try and get rid of some weight off my bat. It's only 2.9/2.10 (don't know the exact weight) but I want it to be 2.7/2.6ish.

I have heard that sanding the bat works quite well, but do I need an electric sander or sand paper? If sand paper, rough or fine?

Sorry for the onslaught of questions. I appreciate any help I advance.

JazakallahKhair/ Thanks. i found this website just for you! aha http://www.ehow.com/how_5025735_make-cricket-bat-lighter.html

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 16:52
Woah thanks a lot.

But just one problem, I'm going to sound so stupid, but what's a 'plane'?:facepalm:

Thanks.

JN1301
8th May 2011, 16:56
its pretty much a tool that is found in wood/metal workshops. waht it does is that it sits on a piece of wood and you push back and forth ( like a rolling pin ) and what it does is peel layers off the wood

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 16:57
Ah okay, but do you think I could do it without it and just sandpaper.

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 16:59
Is this the thing you're talking about?

http://cdn1.iofferphoto.com/img/1160982000/_i/14716906/1.jpg

JN1301
8th May 2011, 17:00
Ah okay, but do you think I could do it without it and just sandpaper. probably , but its gona take a long time and a buttload of arm muscles, gonna get pretty tiring. i use to do woodwork so i have used a plane before and it was so easy to use. or you could take it to your nearest cric specialist and maybe they could do it for you

johng
8th May 2011, 17:19
Drying cupboard

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 20:08
Yeah I might pop down to the cricket store and see if they'll do it for me. Or there's this guy at my club who is amazing at bat refurbs and that sort of thing and he'll do it for free so I might ask him.

Thanks for your help.

BTW, is the pic I posted the plane?

Cover Drive
8th May 2011, 21:28
If that guy can do you a free refurb then ask him because that would be a good option other than what Johng said but then you'd be losing mositure content so I won't recommend that. With refurb they sand like mad so bat gets a bit lighter

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 21:42
Ah okay jazakallahKhair.

BTW whats a drying cupboard?

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 23:03
Tried sanding it, nut it's taking too long and I'm already tired. Lol

Cover Drive
8th May 2011, 23:12
LOL I get tried after sanding the toe for toe guard! :))

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 23:21
LOL, how long do you estimate I should sand it for?

Cover Drive
8th May 2011, 23:36
Whenever you think it has gotten light.

Which bat is it if you don't mind me asking?

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 23:46
The fake Ice. I've taken the stickers off it now, and it looks even better. I wish I had done it earlier though because now the outline of the stickers is left. :******:

Waleedk11
8th May 2011, 23:47
The fake Ice. I've taken the stickers off it now, and it looks even better. I wish I had done it earlier though because now the outline of the stickers is left. :******:

sand it off.

Quick Single
8th May 2011, 23:50
It's what I'm doing bhai. :)

Also I am using quite fine sand paper atm, but if I use coarse sand paper do you think it will take less time to lose it's weight?

Quick Single
9th May 2011, 00:34
Urghhhhhhh. I've been sanding for about an hour now and it feels as though the bat has lost no weight. :******:

shirazi_r
9th May 2011, 00:40
Use 80 or 100 grit sandpaper to reduce the weight and then gradually work your way up to 400 grit to give the bat a smooth finish.

Waleedk11
9th May 2011, 00:50
Urghhhhhhh. I've been sanding for about an hour now and it feels as though the bat has lost no weight. :******:

Bhai, do yourself a favour and buy a new bat :)

Quick Single
9th May 2011, 01:10
Use 80 or 100 grit sandpaper to reduce the weight and then gradually work your way up to 400 grit to give the bat a smooth finish.
I am using 100 right now but it feels like the bat has lost no weight. :(:inzi:

Bhai, do yourself a favour and buy a new bat :)

LOL, don't think budget will allow for that. :(

bigfan
9th May 2011, 14:34
You are not going to lighten the bat by more than one ounce using sandpaper.

You need to use a knife (dont know what its called), watch some videos of bat making on you tube to get the idea.

YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME SANDING!

Poison
9th May 2011, 14:42
Chuck it on a treadmill for a while

Poison
9th May 2011, 14:42
Nah seriously use a plane. The picture you posted is a picture of a plane.

Quick Single
9th May 2011, 21:33
Thanks guys, and bigfan, yeah I realised I was wasting my time after 1 hour of sanding LOL.

I've got training tomorrow so I will ask the guy, or I'll head down to a woodshop to get a plane.

JazakallahKhair.

momin97
10th May 2011, 17:01
mann be carefull whenever i sandpaper my old bats thet would always go plank :(

momin97
10th May 2011, 17:02
probably , but its gona take a long time and a buttload of arm muscles, gonna get pretty tiring. i use to do woodwork so i have used a plane before and it was so easy to use. or you could take it to your nearest cric specialist and maybe they could do it for you

hehehe did you have to do it for school?

JN1301
11th May 2011, 04:28
hehehe did you have to do it for school? ahaha yeah, i used to do woodwork in my early years of highschool. the good old days ahah, now im studying law in university

Cricketismylife
11th May 2011, 07:09
sandpaper = insanity!

electric sander + low grit paper is what you want.
You will use at least 3-4 sheets so prepare in advance.

to smooth it use hight grate paper to finish;

Look for a mouse sander- v cheap and normally comes with few free sandpaper sheets to fit.

Quick Single
11th May 2011, 22:12
Josh, I just looked in a woodwork store, and dude, the plane costs 30!!!

And Cricketismylife, even an electric sander costs almost 30 in B&Q!!!

Quick Single
11th May 2011, 22:20
Finally found some relatively cheap planes, Josh will these ones do?:
http://s7g1.scene7.com/is/image/BandQ/3253565211030_001c_v001_zp?$210x170_generic$=

http://s7g1.scene7.com/is/image/BandQ/0000005290086_001c_v001_zp?$173x173_generic$=

Thanks

Cover Drive
11th May 2011, 22:39
I think 2nd one but again you need good skills to shave the bat properly I don't think it is very easy to use plane if you are beginner.

Quick Single
11th May 2011, 22:47
Hmm, I'll try on some old cricket bats before I do it on my Kook.

Cover Drive
11th May 2011, 22:53
Sensible move I would say.

How much is the plane setting you back?

Quick Single
11th May 2011, 23:03
10.

JN1301
12th May 2011, 05:24
I think 2nd one but again you need good skills to shave the bat properly I don't think it is very easy to use plane if you are beginner. actually, it is pretty easy when you get the hang of it which does not take long at all, but yeah, practice makes perfect :)

Cricketismylife
12th May 2011, 10:29
Josh, I just looked in a woodwork store, and dude, the plane costs 30!!!

And Cricketismylife, even an electric sander costs almost 30 in B&Q!!!

hope you looked up mouse sander and not a big one!

bajwahaha
4th June 2015, 11:56
Reducing the weight of the bat through sanding using mouse sander, what are the next steps? Does the top shredded surface needs to be re-oiled? If i want to polish to get the original finish of the bat, which polish do I use?

Thanks for suggestions in advance.