|Project by Pimzedd||posted 12-08-2011 12:57 AM||1156 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I posted photos of my first turned project, a gavel, early last year. Here is gavel #2.
The last photo is of gavel #1. I hope you can see some improvement. This head was more detailed. The handle has a better feel in the hand. I wish I had added two grooves to the handle to allow a firmer grip.
Most of the turning is between centers. I did use the drill chuck with a morse taper to hold the tang of the handle to finish the tapered end. Really want to get a chuck to finsh the ends of the head better. May try making a jamb chuck.
The wood is Bradford Pear. It is a common tree in North Texas. However they are short lived and subject to wind damage. I picked up a nice piece of a trunk on a tree that the city cut down in a park. Saw it laying by the side of the road. The wood was wet and a nice red color. The color came through pretty well. I let it dry for about a year. It turned very nicely, much easier that the pecan used for #1.
The finish is Tung Oil and CA. I must have learned some for the other gavel. This finish is much deeper and smoother that is on the first gavel. Can’t wait to try it again and see if I can get it even better.
This gavel will be given away on Friday during a presentation to a dozen teachers of SkillsUSA/VICA clubs in San Antonio. I will be teaching them how to organize their club. Part of getting organized is teaching the students parliamentary procedure for which you need a gavel. The teachers actually elect officers during the training and the President gets to keep this gavel.
Thanks for looking and for any comments.
-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school