Spalted Oak Gavel & Box

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Project by Rockbuster posted 145 days ago 1442 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 145 days ago

Very nice gavel and box!!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 145 days ago

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 , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 145 days ago

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.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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#4 posted 144 days ago

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.

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#5 posted 144 days ago

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

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

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#6 posted 144 days ago

Wow!!! That’s incredible!

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

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#7 posted 144 days ago

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

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#8 posted 144 days ago

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.

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#9 posted 144 days ago

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 139 days ago

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 96 days ago

Cowabunga is right! Beautiful!

-- God bless, Candy

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