More Billy Clubs!

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 12-30-2011 03:00 AM 3942 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three more fresh off the lathe Billy Clubs. First one is a Safari Colorwood, with black painted handle threshold and rounded end. Being the dummy that I am at times, I wondered how much this would hurt if I just tapped it on my head? It hurt! Well balanced. Finished in a satin gloss spray on conversion varnish.

The second one and the best looking is a wormy white oak with the front and read rings of the handle painted midnight blue, and finished in a high gloss spray on conversion varnish. Very well balanced, quick and well fitting at the handle.

The last one is a reproduction of my grandfathers billy club that he said was from the depression. I broke the club when I was just little, and making one like this one was my first lathe project with my grandfather’s lathe and teaching. It is made from some of his stored cherry, over 60 years old. It smelled up the whole shop when I was turning it, the smell of air dried cherry, brought back some good memories of the shop times with my grandfather.

The first and second billy club are around 16 inches long, 1 5/8 thick at the working end of the clubs, the last one is almost 21 inches long, very light and well balanced. Thanks for looking!


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 03:03 AM

Wouldn’t want to get hit by any one of them, nice job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 03:33 AM

nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 03:36 AM

I’ll bet you made your Grandfather proud with the reproduction!


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

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 03:40 AM

Nice job. I like the first one best. You sir, must be the President of that there so-called Billy Club. You’ve made some really nice ones in the past, and these too are keepers.

My son keeps a metal one on his dashboard. Would these made from wood hold up in that environment given the temperature that cars get sometimes?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 04:28 AM

My grand father has been gone for over 29 years, now. He was very proud of my wood working skills. I will have to dig out my chest set that I made around 7th grade. I made the chest pieces and he made the case to hold them and play on. Since them my one dog chewed the corner of the box, but still looks good. It was a lot of work. I never forget the day I brought home a DA air powered sander and show him how easy it worked and the amount of work that you can do with it, needless to say, he tool over my sander and I never got to see t agian.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 06:56 AM

I give up, great work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 01:18 PM

Very nice work! I like them all.
Great job.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 12-30-2011 02:05 PM

Nice work. Beautiful results.

My tradition and many of my tools come from my Dad. I love using the tools he worked with, too!

I think I have some wood waiting for this treatment.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#10 posted 12-30-2011 05:34 PM

Very nice work Mike. I’m sure my wife would like one of these (if I were willing to make one!).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-30-2011 07:20 PM

Very creative but be aware that in some states it is unlawful to own a billy club (usually included in laws about switch blade knives, nun chucks, and similar weapons).
I suggest you call them fish wackers.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-30-2011 07:39 PM

We used to use something like that (only it wasn’t as pretty) to kill rabbits.

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#13 posted 12-30-2011 10:48 PM

As always Great work.

I am always looking for ideas to use colorwood. Here is one I never thought of.

I gave some of the colorwood I got from you to the President of our woodturning club, her name is Carrie Caries. Anwyay, she came up with making Christmas lights. It came out pretty cool.

Best wishes

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 02:01 AM

Wonderful lights, this wood is fun to work with, it looks like the first one is a glue up of some of the woods? Thanks Bob

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#15 posted 01-01-2012 11:55 PM

Mike, really beautiful work, love everything about them.

Take care,

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