search  current discussion  categories  tools & equipment - bats 

cutting bats - arti's response

updated mon 1 oct 01


vince pitelka on thu 27 sep 01

I am not going to waste my time responding to artimater's reply to me =
regarding cutting bats with a bandsaw. Suffice to say that anyone with =
proper instructions and a proper jig and a little training on the =
bandsaw can cut vast quantities of perfect bats without causing any =
damage to the bandsaw and with very little wear and tear on the blade. =
At the Appalachian Center for Crafts we have extremely good equipment =
and very high standards of safety and craftsmanship. We know what we =
are doing. So, anyone out there who wants to cut bats with a bandsaw =
please follow the good advice given by a number of people on this list =
who know that such a venture is wise and practical, and feel free to =
email me for advice or information on any part of the process. =20
Best wishes -=20
- Vince

Vince Pitelka=20
Appalachian Center for Crafts
Tennessee Technological University
1560 Craft Center Drive, Smithville TN 37166
Home -
Work -
615/597-6801 ext. 111, fax 615/597-6803

Dan Bowen on sat 29 sep 01

Vince is right. Buy a new blade for your band saw and make sure the center
point of the jig is in line with the piviot point .... not behind. It works.
simple every time, a dull blade dosent work. keep your tools sharp. My
thirty years as a cabinetmaker before becoming a potter has shown me the
most important thing in any craft is understanding your tools and how they
work. Dull tolls do not work no matter what your trade.
Dan Bowen
Eastville Pottery