Graduation Gift Gavel

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 03-15-2009 09:51 PM 2093 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, this was a commission project for a young lady graduating law school. The client wanted a “girlie” wood, so we chose tulipwood for the pinks and roses. It was a real challenge because all I could get (while very nice stuff) was wet as can be and I had a rather tight deadline. I used Pentacryl on the rough turned parts and prayed for NO CRACKS. Well, the plan worked, and I rather like the results. I borrowed a pre-purchased, unfinished cedar box from another project due to the lack of time, and custom-fitted foam and high-quality white satin to make a nice presentation. We had the box-lid laser-engraved and silver-filled, along with the soundblock. Fortunately, the school posts its logo online as a useable graphic. I outfitted the box-lid with a gold-plated chain and knob. I also added a magnetic catch, adjustable for just the right pull force. The last photo is of a tulipwood pen and pencil set that matches nicely.

The gavel itself incorporates a tapered fox-tenon that goes all the way through the head. The shape of the joint is my own design, and rather a challenge to execute. I wanted the gavel to never come apart or loosen and the handle to never rotate in the joint. The top of the joint is a rounded rectangle, and the bottom perfectly round.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 03-15-2009 09:54 PM

WOW, beautiful! I love the woodgrain in the tulipwood.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 03-15-2009 11:26 PM

WOW, that is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!! Very cool with the display case too. Great job!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 03-16-2009 01:44 AM

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it. The grains are absolutely fabulous. That is one pretty wood and I love the way you put that gavel together. Should hold for life. Well done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Tom Goodman

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#4 posted 03-16-2009 04:45 AM

This is Fantastic looking. I love the tapered fox-tenon, I have made a number of these and they always have a small engraved Gold Band on the end so I never thought of drilling all the way though.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 12:11 AM

Very nice! You did a beautiful job on this piece. A very special gift for a very special occasion. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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