My First turned gavel

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Project by Karson posted 12-31-2006 11:52 PM 4154 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The person who commissioned the Pulpit for the church wanted a Gavel for the Pastors Wife. So this is my first try at turning a gavel. He wanted one BIG. He gave me a 4 X 4 of Osage Orange to turn the gavel from. It’s about 3.25 ” in Diameter and about 7 ” long. The handle was about 15” long. It was turned from 5/4 Osage Orange. I tapered the hole in the head of the gavel and split the handle and then used a blind wedge to secure it to the head. I used Epoxy glue. The moisture content of the 4 X 4 was a little high but the cutoff piece from the turned head has not developed any cracks yet so hopefully all will be well.

I also made an Osage Orange Pounding Block so she wouldn’t be pounding on the Pulpit.

-- 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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#1 posted 01-01-2007 12:24 AM

That’s a Paul Bunyan size Gavel, nice job. I also like the pulpit it’s sitting on. Top shelf craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 01-01-2007 12:51 AM

OK, I’ll ask. What on earth does the pastor’s wife want a gavel for? I think this idea begs for any number of answer, like…

When the Pastor’s sermons are too long, she brings down the gavel.

When the pastor’s preaching uses personal references that include her, she…

When church members start complaining about the pastor, she…

You get the idea – any more suggestions?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 01-01-2007 12:56 AM

You can tell a lumberjock goes to your church when the pastors wife has her own personal gavel?

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#4 posted 01-01-2007 12:58 AM

It’s prpbably for the Women’s Ministry Bake Sale/ Annual Auction. “Sold! to the guy behind the pulpit”

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#5 posted 01-01-2007 12:59 AM

If my brother-in-law ever sees that pulpit, Imma have to make him another one.

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#6 posted 01-02-2007 04:51 AM

The pulpit is beautiful. I’m glad to hear that the gavel was for the Paster’s Wife, even though I never heard of the need for a gavel at church. Was the Osage Orange selected by his wife or the Pastor? I like your turnings on the head and handle of the gavel.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 01-02-2007 07:56 PM

Hey Karson: nice project, and great use for Osage Orange. I thought Wives hit people with rolling pins, not gavels. Things are more refined in Delaware I guess. Ha.

As for using the damp wood, I made a carving mallet once from moist wood and the only trouble I had was that the diameter of the handle shrunk more than the diameter of the hole in the mallet. To keep the head of your gavel on for sure, you could add a small dowel pin that goes through the head, and through the handle tenon. If you don’t glue it in, then you could always drive it out and add some epoxy to the joint should it get loose, and reinstall the head. I know you are more than capable of figuring it out, just thought I would offer a suggestion from my own moist wood mallet experience.

Love those grandkids, that would make a wonderful carving for the wall some day, eh?


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#8 posted 10-07-2008 02:57 AM


Karson…this was not your first project post…but in the PULSE PAge…its one of THE oldest projects…I am bored…so thought i would go backwards and see the old stuff—-the oldies but goodies…very cool stuff…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 10-07-2008 04:09 AM

Another one from the past Thanks Napaman. My block of Osage orange that was a cutoff of the piece from the gavel has not split.

I use it as a mallet, without a handle. I hold it and pound the end on chisles. In face i was using it tonight to make some peg holes for Greene and Greene pegs.

Here it is being used by Dave to pound in some pegs.

-- 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 10-08-2008 02:02 AM

Nice job Karson. That osage is pretty dense wood. If the wife uses it it hit the pastor he certainly will see the heavens. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 03-23-2009 04:39 PM

Don’t know how I missed this one Karson. Nice job. Looks like Daves enjoying it.

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

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