Area51woodworks currently provides laminates made from maple and/or birch. These billets are made from 100% hardwoods such as hard maple and birch. These laminates are very basic sandwich-type laminations that have proven themselves very durable and economical. Other laminate configurations are currently in development.
The benefits to using maple and birch laminates is enhanced durability with an increase in overall performance. This basic sandwich-type lamination increases the rigidity of the handle of the bat and that increases power. Other laminates such as bamboo may have greater durability in the hands of a novice, but our laminates are superior in performance. In the hands of a seasoned wood bat swinger, there is virtually no difference in durability.
Our laminated billets are constructed from multiple sheets of veneer grade birch or maple. The thickness of the veneers vary. The layers are then coated with a high strength and flexible adhesive. It is then placed under pressure and subjected to high frequency radio waves to set the adhesive. The large laminated panels are then cut into squares and then doweled to 2 3/4" by 37" rounds. Weights are very consistent.
The quality of these laminated blanks is outstanding since the grade of hardwood is the highest available. Also, each veneer is inspected for defects resulting in a laminated hardwood blank that is virtually defect-free.
The finished laminate billet (birch) weighs approx. 94 oz. which restricts the number of models that can be turned from it. We use model 76 and 141 with good success. We do have billets in testing that combine high and low density veneers to create weight specific billets for other models. So whether you are a medium size bat company or turning bats out of your garage, you can now carry a line of outstanding laminated bats to complete your product line.