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post #1 of 8 Old 05-16-2008, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Latest Turned Gavel

Turned this gavel just for the fun of it. I like to turn these in between turnings and everyone who comes over and sees them wants me to turn one for them. This was turned from oak, the handle, and walnut the body. I think I used water based poly to seal and finish this turning. Second picture was of this gavel and a piece of Silver maple vase a neighbor cut from his tree. Poly finish.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-17-2008, 05:43 PM
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Beautifull work there
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Thank you there Woodsman Mitch
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How is the pattern done on the handle (or the head also)? It looks great!
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-24-2008, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I used a Sorby spiralling and texturing tool to decorate the gavel. Mitch
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That's nice Mitch. I've had a terrible time using the spiraling part of my Sorby tool. I talked to one of the Sorby reps at an AAW convention and he told me I didn't use hard enough wood. He said the only wood in the US that worked well was Osage Orange, particulary for cross spiraling.
I just saw a guy doing demos at the Southern States Symposium and he was using much less hard wood and then your Gavel which looks great. I guess I'll have to pull it back and play some more. I got it used and I sharped the cutters but maybe I didn't do it well enough.
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Thanks John. I just spent a week in the hospital so I hope I am not answering your reply too late.
Couple things I learned about this spiraling tool in the short time I have used it John. One is that the guy who told you soft wood doesn't work well, is right. Another is that the speed seems to influence the quality of the cut considerably. That gavel handle I posted is very small so I cranked up the speed to 2000 rpm's. I think the most important thing I learned was, make one pass across and go to the right a little ways, then slow down etc. I think I was holding the handle of the tool too low, so I raised the handle while turning and the quality of cut was much better.
Quick question John, if you don't mind? You ever make many Chalices? I got cornered into turning one for our priest, who wants to use it while celebrating mass, and have several questions and your the guy who would know. Mitch
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John, I forgot to tell you this about sharpening the spiralling tool. You say you might not have sharpened it enough? I hope you weren't just using a diamond or a stone like they recommend? I found out that you need to have the cutter rotating by holding it against a piece ofwood your turning and hold the stone on the cutter. You probably know this but I wanted to mention it in case you didn't. Anyway it is a much better way of sharpening the cutter. Mitch
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