|Project by FoolsLairWoodworks||posted 02-20-2011 07:38 PM||1204 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Recently, I made a few gavels to present to the leaders of the IOOF Lodge we belong to. After I got the ones that I needed done, I just kept going and made ten of fifteen more. They are fun and easy to turn. They all turn out different. The wood tells me what to do.
I turned these two as gavels. They turned out to be pretty hefty. Actually, a little too hefty for most people to use as gavels. I really like them so I have kept them as shop mallets. We all need something for a little persuasion now and then.
One is laminated walnut. One side of the handle has a nice open knot. I personally like knots, burls, and wild grain. The other one is hickory firewood. I always keep the firewood that looks like it might be good to turn. I am getting quite a pile that I cannot burn… It sure is fun to turn a piece and see what kind of colors, worm holes, bark inclusions, and such you can find.
These were turned on my old Harbor Freight lathe. I turn them as spindles. While on the lathe, I sand through 220, steel wool, and then burnish with shavings. The tenons do not go through the head. I use a little epoxy to secure everything. Rattle can Minwax lacquer finishes it off.
-- Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Refurbish.... Yeah, I run one of the local No Kill Wood Shelters. Thanks, Jim Root, Bolivar MO