Spalted Oak Gavel & Box

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Project by Rockbuster posted 02-28-2014 08:06 PM 2334 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the gavel that I made for the Chef de Chemin de Fer of the 40/8 society . All of the wood came from my firewood pile, and was resawn and turned from log stock. The gavel is made from Spalted White Oak, as is the round slapper disk, and it has 7 inlaid 1/4” brass rods. The box bottom is made from Black Walnut, and has red velvet inserts for the placement of the gavel, and disk. The box sides and ends are also Spalted White Oak butt joint glued, and fastened with 1/8” flush brass pins. The box top is made from Spalted Maple with 100 year old yellow pine rails, that came from an old school that was being remodeled The pine is the only thing not from the woodpile. The finish is many coats of hand rubbed Tung Oil sanded between coats.

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 02-28-2014 08:15 PM

Very nice gavel and box!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 02-28-2014 08:50 PM

Cowabunga!!!! What a beautiful box and gavel set. Don, you better rethink what your doing with your fire wood pile. That wood is awesome! Absolutely gorgeous work! This should get you a badge or two! Editors choice if you asked me!

-- 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 02-28-2014 08:56 PM

You sure got better wood in your firewood pile than I can afford to burn. Box and gavel are great, well made and great choice of wood. I take it the Spalted White Oak hadn’t gotten soft or pithy. Mine always seems to have bad spots. Wood Hardener helps. Found another use for Wood Hardener. I treated the bark edge on a piece of Box Elder and I think the bark will be more permanent and not tend to crack off. Soaked it right in and hardened it right up.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#4 posted 02-28-2014 11:23 PM

WOW!! that grain is just gorgeous!! I’d like to visit your wood pile for a bit.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 02-28-2014 11:32 PM

Great idea, nice wood, beautiful execution. Well done -

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 03-01-2014 01:37 AM

Wow!!! That’s incredible!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 03-01-2014 03:08 AM

wow, that wood is amazing, that is so beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 03-01-2014 03:31 AM

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME Don, like the others have said, you sure got some lovely wood in that pile.
I love it.


-- 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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#9 posted 03-01-2014 03:47 AM

Old Wrangler, Here is a previous project from the same tree, the wood was very sound, and not the least bit” punky””:” Thanks for all of the nice comments Lj’s

-- 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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#11 posted 03-06-2014 03:01 PM

That’s the fanciest gavel box set I’ve ever seen. Well crafted pieces and the woods look amazing.

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#12 posted 04-18-2014 05:41 AM

Cowabunga is right! Beautiful!

-- God bless, Candy

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