Welcome to the Baseball Bat Rack page! • You can build a bat rack that holds up to 48 baseball or softball bats • It takes up only an 18" diameter section of floor space • The rack makes it easy to see, select, and return all of the bats • Paint it your favorite team color! • Free downloadable plans, pictures, and descriptions

The Bat Rack—"As Built" and "In Use"

Completed Bat Rack Unpainted
Painted Bat Rack Loaded with Bats

If you play a lot of ball, either baseball or softball, and you've collected a lot of bats, this rack can be exactly what you need for storage.

It takes up very little floor space. Just an 18-inch diameter circle is all that's needed to store up to 48 bats.

The rack comprises a round base 18 inches in diameter with 5 wood feet, a 4x4 post, and two 18-inch disks that hold up to 24 bats each. Its total height is 75 1/2 inches.

It's Strong

When it's holding 48 bats, the rack has to support a load of roughly 100 pounds. So it was made to be strong. Two layers of 3/4-inch plywood, with 5 plywood feet extending beneath both layers make the base sturdy. The base is attached to the 4x4 post using a 1/2" x 8" lag bolt.

The top bat support disk is secured on top of the post and held in place by a 1/2" x 8" lag bolt.

The 4x4 post passes through a square hole in the bottom bat support disk. That disk is supported below by hardwood that's locked into a mortise cut all the way around the post.

Some of the Construction

Bottom Bat Support Disk Showing Hole Pattern

The Bottom Bat Support Disk

The downloadable instructions provide a simple method for recreating the hole pattern and channel cuts.

Bottom Bat Support Disk Assembled to Post

Strong Support for the Bottom Bat Disk

BELOW: A mortise is cut to accept pieces of hardwood that support the bottom bat support disk.

RIGHT: Pieces of hardwood secured in the mortise and supporting the bottom bat disk.

Mortise Cut to Support Bottom Bat Disk
Mortise Filled with Hardwood Supports the Disk

Maybe you can use the ideas and information provided here and in the download file to build your own version of the Baseball Bat Rack. If you think you might want to build it, BE SURE TO READ THE "INSTRUCTIONS.PDF" FILE that's included in the ZIP file.

The ZIP file contains all of the pictures, INSTRUCTIONS.PDF, SketchUp design file "Bat_Rack_07_SKETCHUP_VERSION_8.skp", and PDF design file "Bat_Rack_07_SKETCHUP_VERSION_8.pdf":

Click Here for the Downloadable ZIP file (3.28MB): Bat_Rack_06.zip