I was touring my scrap wood pile the other day and stumbled upon the base of a wooden kitchen chair. Hmm…some decorative sticks, with holes and dowels…they made a great gavel.
I took two of the handle pieces, cut it off at the right place, then stuck the handle (with already attached dowel), into the pre-drilled hole. I originally tried gluing the two pieces together, but had an issue with the glue and just opted to shoot a fine-threaded screw in through the side of the head, going into the dowel.
After brushing on a finish it looked pretty good. Certainly an interesting conversation piece. If you ever need to find out who’s in charge at a meting, look for the guy with his own gavel!!!