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Last night I went to HomeDepot to get some bolts and nuts and washers and spacers so that I could experiment of attaching and creating the wine stop end of my baseball bat tank. I took the tank and wine stop with me and one fun part was explaining what I was looking for to the assistant that was bored and wanted to help me out. :D . I'm sure he's seen a lot of stuff, but what aisle to you point a customer that is trying to combine a baseball bat and a wine stop? :D :D The look on his face was priceless.

I had a very productive lunch in the shop.

I had already decided that there wasn't much area at the base of the bat for the SteelStik to grip to. So, I figured out a way of using washers and a bolt. Since the bat is tapered, I was able to make a big washer bolt head and slide this down from the top and then bolt up the bottom to hold it in place.


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Tapped out the 5/16ths threads a little better in the wine stop.
Then mocked it up with a long point and a short one.

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I didn't like being able to see the threads through the exhaust slots, so I decided to experiment with just washers and nuts to make the void mimic something mechanical.

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I felt the smaller end washer wasn't sufficient and didn't dress the end enough. So I mounted a larger fender washer and marked it up for grinding.

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First pass grinding the washer on the bolt in my hand, I was surprised that I did a pretty good job of keeping it round and centered. But I felt I needed to do the finish grinding with it attached to the tank end. I am very pleased with how well it meshes together now.

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I had already determind that the wine stop needed to be farther away from the end to better follow the taper of the bat tank. So I tested it with a one inch spacer.

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I felt there needed to be better flow between the bat end and wine stop, so I sliced the spacer in half and added a washer in between. This is much better. I may play around with different spacers and such for the final product, but I am pleased with the work today.

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I put the nose back on the tank and took it out to get the fish's opinion.

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Before going back to work, I had to roll the bike out and test it out. I'm digging it.

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I don't know what the dimensions are but the first thing I thought of when I saw that gap between the wine stopper and the bat was a drink jigger. For some reason that taper just seemed like it would feel that gap nicely
 

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I don't know what the dimensions are but the first thing I thought of when I saw that gap between the wine stopper and the bat was a drink jigger. For some reason that taper just seemed like it would feel that gap nicely

I think I have one of those in my yard sale stash. It may be a little big, but maybe just one half of it with the cup facing backwards. Thanks for the idea.
 

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I could see something like the bigger end of this could look like a thrust chamber in front of the wine stop

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Maybe I can train one of the fish to steer it like the incredible Mr. Limpet.

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Not so sure I'm feeling the thrust chamber look for this it could look good for the piece, but I don't think so for the build itself.

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