Gavels which are basically small wooden hammers (or mallets) are traditionally used in courtrooms for getting the attention of the crowd. But I see them more in more in daily use for meetings with larger groups. They are more useful than a loud whistle or a clap of the hands.

You can make gavels out of most any wood including some of the fancy exotic woods like cocobolo which would be more traditional.


Turning a GavelTurning a Gavel
By: William Klenke
In this short tutorial, William tells us the steps necessary to turn a gavel. Then he gives us two drawings of gavels which contain measurements so that you can duplicate them.


Auctioneer's GavelAuctioneer's Gavel
By: Dave Harmes
In this photo tutorial, Dave shows us how to make a gavel on the lathe. He uses a set of Teknatool soft jaws to hold the head of the gavel without marring it. You could also make your own jamb chuck for this purpose.


Making a GavelMaking a Gavel
By: Larry Hancock
In this photo tutorial, Larry shows how to assemble both the handle and the head on this gavel. He has wonderful close-ups to show the fine detail that you typically see on the head of the gavel. He shows each cut and the tool that he uses to make it. He also shows an interesting jamb chuck which he uses to perfectly center the handle hole in the head of the gavel.

Larry also shows us how he uses the Beall wood threading kit to tap threads in the head. And then to thread the handle so that it screws into the head.

Larry's great step-by-step photo's and description make this into an easy project!


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