Gavel and Sounding Block

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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 06-06-2012 08:24 PM 2352 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Very happy to announce that my oldest daughter has finished with honors and graduated from Law School last week. The gavel and block is a gift from a loving dad to his daughter. Made with East Indian Rose Wood and American Holly. The Pens are made from teak from the original decks of the USS Wisconsin (BB 64), WWII battleship. See my tables post for the story of the teak wood! The pens were gifts to others who participated in the graduation.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 08:37 PM

Very nicely done!!Your daughter will treasure that forever!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 08:52 PM

Excellent work I must say! And congratulations to you and your family as well!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 11:23 PM

Congratulations on your success and your family a nice gift to the daughter.


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#4 posted 06-07-2012 08:26 AM

Great work Charles, I’m sure you are very proud of your daughter and no doubt she will be very pleased and proud of the present you have made for her.

Well done.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 06-07-2012 10:22 AM

Hi Charles;

That’s great, congratulations. I know what a big accomplishment that is.

Beautiful job on the Gavel and pens.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 06-07-2012 01:17 PM

Congratulations. You must be very proud. The Gavel and Block is beautiful. Seriously nice work! The attention to detail it spot on. I think any lawyer would be honored to have that!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 06:56 PM

Congrats to you for a beautiful project and congrats to your daughter on graduating with honors. I’m not sue a lot of people fully grasp the level of commitment that entails.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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Craig Havran

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#8 posted 06-08-2012 12:52 PM

Very well done. Perfectly balanced. I like the inscription on the handle. Very proud father.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#9 posted 06-09-2012 02:59 AM

Congratulations all around .
I know the feeling that you enjoy as a proud father and you are a accomplished craftsman Charles .
Beautiful gifts , well done and full of love .


-- Kiefer 松

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#10 posted 10-06-2012 09:11 AM

From a fellow barrister, tell your daughter congratulations! And I’m sure about now she has good news from bar results, or soon will. That gavel is amazing. Unfortunately, none of the judges around here use gavels anymore.

Now she’ll have a desk you can fill up with all sorts of other woodworking projects. Business card holders, paper weight, letter opener.

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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