Gavel, and Coffin

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Project by Rockbuster posted 05-23-2013 03:20 PM 1812 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a gavel and coffin(box) that i recently made for the Chef de Chemin de Fer Barry Bovee (Pronounced Chef dee Sha Mon dee Fur) of the Forty et Eight Society. He is like the president of the United States, and all other countries involved. The box carcass is made of walnut with 1/8” maple surrounding trim, the top of the box is a special piece of walnut crotch wood that has been waiting in the shop for years for this special project. The inside and outside bottom of the box is lined with pigskin leather. There are supports to keep the gavel and slapper disk in place in side the box, and everything is self contained. The gavel itself is segmented, and made up of 112 individual pieces of walnut, Bubinga and curly Maple. The slapper disk is made from solid end grain Honey Locust.

C&C welcome

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 03:33 PM

Love it, I really like that sappy walnut on top, great design.

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 03:43 PM

Beautiful work… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 03:52 PM

Very nice job. The color is beautiful.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 04:21 PM

WOW Don!! This is beautiful work! I love that great looking walnut crotch wood on top. Everything about this Gavel, and Coffin tells me you a lot of thought into this project! I love it!

-- 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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#5 posted 05-23-2013 06:37 PM

I really like it great job

-- --Jakopo--

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 06:57 PM

That’s some really nice work that you’ve done there. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 08:27 PM

Wonderful,work,wood,design .

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 09:17 PM

Nicely done. something a little different. The gavel is pretty cool also

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#9 posted 05-24-2013 12:41 AM

Don, they are absolutely beautiful, puts my work to shame. I love the Coffin and the gavel, especially the faces.
Well done and glad you have that computer sorted.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 05-24-2013 01:07 AM

That has to be the fanciest gavel in captivity! Nice box as well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 01:23 AM

Nicely done. Especially like the dots on the gavel head.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#12 posted 05-24-2013 01:40 PM

Thanks for all of the nice comments Lj’s, It is a pleasure to be posting back to one of the greatest woodworking sites in the world. I haven’t got Windows8 all figured out yet, but I am working on it.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#13 posted 05-24-2013 06:01 PM

Very nicely done!

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#14 posted 05-28-2013 02:43 PM

So fine and elegant pieces! Love the gorgeous wood and leather, and the great design. Great job!

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