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Bats: These are used for throwing large based ware such as plates and platters, that are very awkward to remove from the wheelhead, as they have a tendency to collapse.
Bats are made with 6 gauge marine ply, in varying sizes. I find 20cm 30cm and 40cm are the most useful sizes. Draw your circle onto the timber, and use a jigsaw to cut out the shape. Sand till smooth on the edges.
These too should last your lifetime.