First Commission Job! Gavel.

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Project by scrappy posted 10-19-2009 03:01 AM 1581 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I got a commission from a guy at work. He belongs to a Radio Control Car Raceing Club and they wanted to have a Gavel for their meetings. He spoke up and said “I know a guy that can make one!” It felt good to be known for playing with wood. ( I say playing because this isn’t a job, it’s fun) First time I had to bid on a job and it was LOW. Told him the price might be a little higher depending on wood cost but underestimated my time. Oh Well. It is for a freind and it is advertizing.

Well on with it. The head is 2 3/4 inch Diam. and 5 1/2 inch long. Handle is 10 inch long and 1 3/8 inch diam at widest, 1 inch post 2 inches into head. Used a blind bottom wedge and glue so it should stay on good.

My frieind wanted a LARGE gavel so I went a little oversize.

Walnut head from Woodworkers Source. Walnut handle from pallet wood.

Not finished yet. Only one coat of Tung Oil/Varnish so far. Have to sand and coat more later. (sorry, I was to excited to wait and post later)

Please leave all comments and critiques. Allways looking to improve. Thank You all for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 03:10 AM

Looks good congrats on your first paying job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 03:14 AM

very nice, i might make one for local judge

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 03:18 AM

I really like the four hoops around the head. At first glancet hey look like separate pieces then you realize the grain is continuous. Nice job scrappy.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#4 posted 10-19-2009 04:54 AM

Congratulations Dan!!!!! That’s some great work.

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#5 posted 10-19-2009 02:53 PM

Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 10-20-2009 05:12 AM

great looking piece! also well proportioned and has nice “professional” flow. did you draw it beforehand or did you just go on the lathe?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 10-20-2009 08:18 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone.

Bibb, Wanted to give the outside a little something extra so added the rings as the design developed.

Moshel, As most things I turn, I just “went at it” as you said. Had general size figured do to blank size, but the final design just happens when it is being turned. Whatever the wood desides.(and it HAS changed MY mind in middle of the turning) My Mesquite hollow form WAS supposed to have a fluted top. haha

This gets delivered tommorow so will try and get a picture of my freind hodling it to post.

Thanks again for all the comments.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 10-24-2009 01:12 PM

It came out wonderful.

Congrats on the commission.


-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 10:00 PM

Not sure how I missed this one but you did a wonderful job. The rings are very cool. You may need to change your name to Lathe Master.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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