Wenge Platter

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Project by waho6o9 posted 01-07-2015 02:19 AM 2916 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make a wenge platter from stock that terryR sent to me, thanks

again terry!

It was the perfect size for my lathe and I had to double stick tape a washer to make sure
the threads didn’t go through the other side.

Wenge was brutal to turn as it’s wicked dense, so keep your gouges and parting tools sharp!

I sanded up to 800 and applied Renaissance wax with a cloth and buffed it out with a clean
cloth and she shined up nice.

LJers are the best, rock on and ride that bevel!

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 02:25 AM

Whoah… That’s a gorgeous chunk of wenge, and some beautiful turning. I’ve been watching Terry create some totes and knobs from wenge and everyone reports that it is very difficult to work with. You made it look like a breeze!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 02:37 AM

Well done …..I can only imagine how much shorter your lathe tools are from all the sharpening ! ;-)

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 03:10 AM

Looks good, hard to get perspective on the size. What is the diameter?

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 03:33 AM

Thanks Bucket!

They’re a little bit shorter no doubt kDC68

Thank you ShaneA, the diameter is 7 inches and the thickness
is around 3/8 of an inch to 1’ thinkness at the bottom of the platter.

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 03:41 AM

Wow, Waho!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 04:02 AM

Now that is fantastic!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 04:31 AM

Appreciate the wow Candy!

Thank you Lew! Your tutorial on the Celtic knot was invaluable
for the rolling pin that my sister and brother in law received.

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 05:33 AM

Wenge is difficult to work with. Great work!!

-- ~Dustin, Wooden Made Designs (WMD)

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#9 posted 01-07-2015 10:12 AM

Well done. I,m thinking on all the dust that came off.


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#10 posted 01-07-2015 10:26 AM

Very nicely done.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 12:27 PM

Wow! That is wild to look at. Like an optical illusion or something. Very cool work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 01:10 PM

It makes me feel like someone is watching me. Nice piece.


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#13 posted 01-07-2015 01:43 PM

Hehe good one Bill.

Sure looks like an illusion to me as well Kaleb, thanks buddy.

Thanks Brit!

That dust was of concern to me Dutchy so a respirator was worn under
my face shield and it was to be able to breath. Highly recommend a respirator.

“Wenge is difficult to work with.”

You’re not kidding Dustin! I used a grinder to establish the circumference & I was shocked
that it didn’t work quickly. LOL

All comments and affirmations are appreciated, rock on LJers!

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#14 posted 01-07-2015 01:55 PM

Nice work, wenge is such a bear to work with on the lathe.

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#15 posted 01-07-2015 02:06 PM

Very nice, Waho!
I know that took forever…hope it provides beauty and function your whole life!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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