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Gavel number 2. Better yes or no?

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Project by Pimzedd posted 12-08-2011 12:57 AM 1069 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 12-08-2011 01:01 AM

A much improved design and finish and wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lew

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#2 posted 12-08-2011 02:54 AM

What a beauty!!

I remember years ago when Vica was called Future Craftsmen of America. We had meeting and elected officers. It wasn’t until I started teaching, in a vocational school, that we actually taught Parliamentary Procedures in the classroom. Looking back, I wonder how we found the time.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-08-2011 04:58 AM

Well done! I liked the first one as a mallet more than a gavel – this one looks more gavel-ish. NICE!

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/

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#4 posted 12-08-2011 08:05 AM

Motion to share dimensions, all in favor ? All who oppose ?

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Pimzedd

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 08:02 PM

Thanks to all.

Mike, the head is 2 1/4 in. dia., length is 3 3/4 in. Handle is 10 1/2 in. I turned the handle first and then made the head a proportion that seemed to match. I assume the motion carried by general consent, no vote needed.

Lew, I always know you will speak up in favor of VICA. I saw your comment to the young man that is entering the SkillsUSA competition this weekend. He is quite a woodworker. Hope he wins.

Thanks also to a1Jim and Jim for your 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

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#6 posted 12-09-2011 04:23 PM

Nice gavel! It will get everyone’s attention, no matter what the issue. I have several pieces of bradford pear. Yes, they get blown over when a frog sneezes, plus the blossoms stink.

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Pimzedd

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 07:40 PM

Gave the gavel away yesterday. It went to a Culinary Arts teacher at East Central H. S. in San Antonio. He if a fairly new teacher and was surprised to receive it. The other 16 teachers were surprised I would give it away. Of course, I let them know I can make more.

Oh yea, it worked well. Just the right amount of weight. Nice strong sound when struck.

-- 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

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