DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack

Are you a baseball/softball parent or player who has lots of old equipment you no longer use?  In this article, learn how to build a DIY baseball bat display rack to solve these problems.

 

 

 

 

Introduction

I have coached my kids in Baseball since they started T-Ball at a very young age.  My collection of old baseball equipment (bats, game balls, gloves) has increased year over year.

Furthermore, I do not like clutter and normally find a way to get rid of the stuff I don’t use or have a plan to use in the near future.

Each time I would see our old baseball equipment laying in a storage bin in our attic, I could not convince myself to get rid of it.  The bat brought back memories of my son hitting the ball at a certain age.  Each glove reminded me of the long hours we spent on the practice field catching grounders and pop flies.  The game balls represented a special game I remember like it was yesterday and will remember forever.

Perhaps I am sentimental towards old baseball equipment because of my love for the game.  Or, maybe it is the pure satisfaction I get watching my children play.  Either way, I decided to create a DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack.

Ultimately, This DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack that hangs on a wall not only provides a place to store old baseball equipment, but it also serves as a piece of art that preserves memories.

 

Materials & Tools I Used

Materials

  • (L x W x Thickness)
  • Please note:  ANY lumber can be used, just as long as the same dimensions can be achieved.
  • 2 – 48″ x 6″ x 1″ of Cherry
  • 48″ x 6″ x 2″ of Walnut
  • 3/8″ maple dowel – 36″

Tools

 

 

Overview

First, let me start off by stating it is not necessary to use walnut & cherry wood to build this DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack wall.  I had a few extra pieces of cherry and walnut laying around from a previous project and I thought they would look nice together.  Plywood, pine, or any other wood you have at your disposal would work just fine for this project.

Additionally, the tools I used for this project are also not necessary.  I listed an alternative tool below each tool most people probably don’t have at their disposal.

Milling Lumber

First, I started this project by milling my lumber.  Wood projects go much smoother when the lumber has 2 straight edges and 2 flat faces.  I used my straight board jig with 2 dovetail clamps to get one straight side.  Then, I put the straight side against the table saw fence, set my desired width and ran it through.

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack – Straight Edge Jig

The piece of cherry was about 1.75″ thick.  So, I used my bandsaw to resaw it so that I had about a 1″ piece.

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack - Resaw Cherry

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack – Resaw Cherry

Next, I resawed the 1″ piece of cherry again so that I had 2 pieces ~1/2″ each.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Cherry Resaw

Cherry Resaw

Afterwards, I ran the 2 pieces of cherry through the planer 2 times on each side to remove the imperfections from the resaw.  I took roughly 1/32″ off on each pass.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Cherry Plane

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Cherry Plane

 

Template

Next, I began making the template to hold the baseball bats.

The most important measurements are the width of the barrel, the width of the grip above the knob, and the width of the knob.

The width of the barrel ensures the bats do not touch each other while hanging from the rack, the number of bats the Baseball Bat Display Rack could hold, & the distance the hole needs to be from the front.

The measurement of the grip and knob determine the width the hole needs to be in order to securely hold the bats in place.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Template

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Template

First, I used my combination square and double-sided pencil to draw a reference line horizontally across the piece of cherry.  This reference line marked the center of the hole I needed to drill.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Straight Line

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Straight Line

Next, I used my combination square to draw vertical lines which intersected with the horizontal line I drew in the previous step.  This center of each cross is where the center of the hole needed to be.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Vertical Line

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Vertical Line

Then, I determined I needed the width of the handle to be approximately 1.25″ wide because the actual width of the handle was 1″.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Handle Width

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Handle Width

I used my automatic center punch tool to punch a small indentation.  This will help stabilize the forstner bit.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Center Hole Punch

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Center Hole Punch

Next, I took the piece of cherry to the drill press and drilled 15 evenly spaced holes with a 1.25″ forstner bit.

Then, I used a scrap piece of wood below the piece of cherry to reduce tear out.

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Back Piece

First, I resawed my piece of 1.75″ thick Walnut down to 1.25″ thick.

I did this because I needed a 1/2″ thick piece for another project.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Resaw

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Resaw

Next, I repeated the same process I explained earlier in order to get straight edges & faces on the piece of Walnut.  Then, I ran it through the planer the same way as well.

Afterwards, I marked 2 horizontal lines on the piece of Walnut as the starting point for the dados.  One line was 1″ from the top and the next line was 1″ from the bottom.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Line

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Line

 

Cut Dados

The thickness of each piece of cherry was about 3/8″.  First, I set my table saw to cut 1″ high and aligned the fence to cut at 1″ (on the horizontal line I drew in the previous step).

Next, I made one slow pass at 1″ and 4 more passes after moving the fence 1/16″ after each pass.  I repeated this process for the other line.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Dados

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Dados

 

Then, I tested each piece of cherry to make sure it fit securely.  I wanted the pieces of Cherry to barely fit in the dados; otherwise, it would not be secure.  Luckily, it fit the first time.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Dado Fit

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Dado Fit

The depth of the Dado was right at 1″.

Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Dado Depth

DIY Baseball Bat Display Rack Walnut Dado Depth

 

Roundover

I used my handheld router with a 1/4″ roundover bit on the 2 pieces of cherry and the piece of Walnut.