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    Preparing a cricket bat!

    Right folks, heres the thing.
    I have prepared several cricket bats with linseed oil. Now after my Dad made a mockery out of my latest bat with EvoStick glue, he insists that after i sand my bat as normal, i apply several coats of clear varnish. So the question is, stick to my guns and go for linseed or agree with my dad(who is adimant he is correct) and apply clear varnish.

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    sorry what i didnt quite catch that. apologies

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    Reckon this thread might be better in CF (Coaching Forum) than Cricket Chat. Ask a mod to move it if you'd prefer it there.


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    Whatever you do, don't put Glue or Varnish on it. That'll completely destroy the subtlety of the wood and drastically decrease the life of the bat. You do know how to 'knock a bat in', don't you? I.e with a Hammer or a Cricket Ball in a sock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcyboy View Post
    Right folks, heres the thing.
    I have prepared several cricket bats with linseed oil. Now after my Dad made a mockery out of my latest bat with EvoStick glue, he insists that after i sand my bat as normal, i apply several coats of clear varnish. So the question is, stick to my guns and go for linseed or agree with my dad(who is adimant he is correct) and apply clear varnish.
    Is your Dad American or Chinese ?

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    neever heard of using glue/varnish.

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    Slightly OT, but a mate of mine picked up 2 bats from a guy who makes some sticks in India. They certainly look ok, he got 'em off ebay. Paid $25 bucks for the two of em and about $130 for the shippage to Australia.
    I'm thinking of doing the same thing - CBF paying $500 for a new stick since my sponsorship ran out .
    Reckon it's worth the effort?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcyboy View Post
    Right folks, heres the thing.
    I have prepared several cricket bats with linseed oil. Now after my Dad made a mockery out of my latest bat with EvoStick glue, he insists that after i sand my bat as normal, i apply several coats of clear varnish. So the question is, stick to my guns and go for linseed or agree with my dad(who is adimant he is correct) and apply clear varnish.
    No varnish. The power from cricket bats derives from the smooth transition between the impact wave and the response wave from the toe of the bat. Varnish will kill that. Your bat will look finished and, as far as its use as a bat, be finished.
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    I used to apply the oil on my bat with a piece of cloth and I always let it stand for like a day or two then after that applied the same oil again for like 3 times repeatedly .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Slightly OT, but a mate of mine picked up 2 bats from a guy who makes some sticks in India. They certainly look ok, he got 'em off ebay. Paid $25 bucks for the two of em and about $130 for the shippage to Australia.
    I'm thinking of doing the same thing - CBF paying $500 for a new stick since my sponsorship ran out .
    Reckon it's worth the effort?
    If you are going to get two bats for $25 in India then I can assure you they are not made from English willow in which case they are not likely to be very good.

    Lots of kids in India use the Kashmir willow bats either because they cant afford English willow or because they play only with tennis balls.



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