To make a cricket bat, cut the blade and handle out of a piece of willow, and press the blade with a mechanical press. Sand the pieces separately, and use wood glue to attach the two pieces together.
- Gather materials
For the blade, you need an appropriately sized piece of willow that is thoroughly dry and around 15 to 30 years old, a marker, a jigsaw or circular saw, a mechanical press that is able to press 2,000 pounds per square inch, 150-grit sandpaper, a wooden mallet, a cloth and linseed oil. For the handle, you need wood glue, a rope, a draw knife, a spoke shave and a hand plane.
- Make the blade
Use the marker to draw the shape of the blade on the willow wood. Use the saw to cut the blade out of the willow. Make sure there is a triangular and narrow slit at the end of the blade that fits the handle. Run the blade through the mechanical press a total of four times.
- Make the handle
Shape the handle roughly with a draw knife, and smooth it out with a hand plane. Cover the blade's slit and the point of the handle with wood glue, and attach the two together. Wipe off any excess glue. Wrap the rope around the two pieces securely, and allow the glue to dry overnight.
- Finish the bat
Remove the rope from the bat, and use a spoke shave to blend the area where the handle and blade meet. Use the sandpaper to smooth out the surface of the blade. Use the mallet to knock in the blade for a minimum of five to six hours, which can be done over a period of three to four weeks. Use a cloth to cover the blade in a small amount of linseed oil to finish. Cover the handle in the material of your choice.