Cherry gavel

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Project by oscorner posted 06-12-2007 09:04 PM 3592 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A co-worker of mine is the head of the local, “ToastMasters” and began a group at work. Knowing that I am a woodworker, he asked if I would donate a gavel for use in their meetings. I told him that I would be glad to and asked him if he had a specific style or size that he wanted. He had no idea, so this is what I came up with on my lathe. I turned the handle first and that might have been a mistake because I could have made it thicker, which would have matched the head somewhat better. The design is just something out of my head since I couldn’t readily find a set of plans, even though I know I have a couple lurking around here somewhere. I’m in the process of finishing it with polyurethane. I hope to get it to him before his next meeting. I hope you like it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 06-12-2007 09:39 PM

Excellent. It turned out great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-12-2007 09:47 PM

The gavel looks great…you did a very nice job. My only encouragement would be to STOP LOOKING FOR PLANS! You are obviously a good woodworker…trust that the ideas placed on your heart are valuable enough to create. If what you make doesn’t work out…someone out there would be glad to sell you another chunk of wood.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#3 posted 06-12-2007 09:57 PM

Ha Ha…”Turned out great”...nice one Wayne. That is a nice gavel.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 06-12-2007 10:57 PM

great advice Steffen.

funny Tom… you make me lafthe

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 06-12-2007 11:23 PM

Great job Os. What is the wood?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 06-13-2007 01:40 AM

I like the head being a bit larger than normal….....makes a louder “smack”.....and if someone refuse to stop talking…...

LOL…I’m CHUCKling too Deb.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 06-13-2007 03:38 AM

Wayne, I apprecate your play on words. Very funny.

The wood is cherry. Steffen, thanks for the words of encouragement. The only reason I was looking for plans was to get an idea of the proper deminsions, so the head wouldn’t look too big for the handle.

Bob, you would like to know that I was showing it to my son and decided to whack it on my newly made bench. Well, I forgot that I had made it from fir, instead of oak and it made quite a mark. Then, I decided to whack it on a piece of cherry that I had a cut off of and it made a mark on it. Now, when I say whack, I mean with about a 6” swing, so I hope my co-worker’s podium can hold up to it. LOL. ;^)

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 06-13-2007 04:02 AM

Good job Mark, you ought to make one of those round bases of cherry, for him to whack it on, then it won’t leave marks on anyones podium or table. Just a thought. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-13-2007 04:15 AM

I with you OS. one making a gavel. I was kind of looking what one should look like and not be out of whack. Proper scaling is something that is hard to do on the fly. So getting a picture of one can go along way in making something that looks great.

Your’s looks great. I ditto Mike’s suggestion of making a gavel base to whack on.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 06-13-2007 05:42 AM

Hell, I knew that it would look that good because I knew who was making it.


-- Make Dust

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#11 posted 06-13-2007 08:54 AM

Very nice Os – I think your proportions look right on the money. I also think that you should make him a Cheryy base to whack it on.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 06-15-2007 11:05 PM

Thanks for the extra kind responses. I wanted to make him a base to whack on, but he didn’t want one and after I whacked that cherry piece that I was thinking of making a base out of and it left a mark…well maybe that wouldn’t make much difference. Anyway, I will do as you suggest and make a base anyway. I think it makes a complete set that way, having the gavel and base together. Thanks for the extra push in that direction.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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