DIY Baseball Bat Growth Chart for Nursery

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My best friend wanted a baseball themed nursery and loved the idea of a baseball bat growth chart. I told her that I would make it for her. Turns out, it was pretty simple. I'll show you how with this step-by-step tutorial.
Baseball bat growth chart - the Ball can be moved up or down in the holes.
First thing I did was to print out an image of a baseball bat. The key to this project was picking a bat that was simple enough to cut out with a jigsaw.
After that, I gathered/bought supplies. I bought a piece of hardwood at the hardware store. I believe it was white oak and it cost me about $8. I also picked up a thin dowel rod and red paint. I already had white paint and a small piece of thin plywood.

My hubby drew the bat on the wood (about 4 ft) by hand but you could enlarge the bat, print it and copy it on the wood that way. After that, I used a jigsaw and cut the bat out. We have a few recent jigsaw projects that explain this process in more detail. Basically, just go slow and follow your lines with the saw blade.
From there, we clamped the wood to a table (making sure to use an extra piece of wood to clamp to first so you don’t indent your project). Then we started sanding. We used an orbital first all over and on the sides.
The orbital couldn’t get everywhere, so we switched to a sanding pad for the sides.
After the sanding was completed, we went to the next step which was figuring out the holes for the baseball to move up on. We decided to make our holes every two inches so we just marked every two inches from the bottom to the top (centered).
When you are trying to be exact, sometimes a drill can be a bit tricky. To be more exact with the holes, we hammered a nail (just to give it an indent) in all the holes.
Then we drilled the holes (using a drill stopper), making sure not to go all the way through the bat. Since we bought a 1/4″ dowel rod we knew to use a 1/4″ drill bit. Just to be sure, we tested a hole out on a spare piece of wood first.
Using a circle form (I used a salsa jar lid), draw your circle on a piece of plywood. This is going to make your baseball.

Using a jigsaw, cut it out and try to do a better job than I did! I had to do lots of sanding on this little bugger!

Sand and paint your baseball.
Cut your dowel stick to however long you want it to stick out of your growth chart.

Glue your baseball on your dowel stick.

Stain your bat and you’re done. =)
This is definitely an easy project, but it just takes a few steps.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Laura Laura on Nov 06, 2018

    Do you write with marker the date as it moves up?

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