Gavel and striker

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Project by PASs posted 05-10-2012 12:46 AM 1272 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gavel and striker made on commission for a young lady graduating law school.

Wood is more Indian Dontknow I use in most of my projects.

Turned on my old Craftsman Tube lathe.

Sanded to 320 grit, sealed with 2 pound shellac, then polished on the Beall system.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 01:02 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 09:54 AM

Nice Job! I am sure she will love it.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 11:22 AM

Very nice Pete. The finish really makes it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 12:51 AM

Very nice! I have been asked to make 4 of these! the first try was too small. How big were the gavel blanks?

-- Nancy

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 01:36 AM

The wood is dunnage from freight shipped out of India.
Each piece when I get it has been rough milled to about 2×2 1/2 inches and 24 or 36 inches long.
Some pieces I turn I throw on without any preparation, others I rip to square on the table saw and then turn.
This particular piece I had jointed and planned to about 1 3/4 by 2 1/4, then ripped to square.

Here’s an old picture of a stack of it right off the truck.
I have about 1200 pieces like this.
Some is Acacia, some is ebony, some is Curly Movingui, some is teak, some is mahogany, and most of it I just don’t know.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#6 posted 01-28-2013 10:22 PM

Man, I’ve been trying to source acacia!!! hard to find….i believe it’s the same as monkeypod, or at least similar. Anyways, that wood it excellent for engraving!

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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