Journey into Woodturning #42: Bloodwood Platter

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 02-02-2021 03:07 PM 1020 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I started this project, I had a feeling the wood might be very lustrous. I did not take into account the hardness. I ended up sharpening my gouge 3 or 4 times and honestly, I think it needed to be sharpened more often. I muscled through the rough turning and on the final pass, I would sharpen to get that clean cut.

There was no plan for the design of the platter, other then I wanted to have a semi flat surface and a rim. The rim I’d been kicking around in my head was a wide flat rim, rounded ball rim, maybe a wide curved rim with embellishments, slim rim or no rim at all. In the end, thin rim and shallow depth worked out great.

The sides of the platter were another design that just flowed. I knew I wanted to have a wide base for stability, but that was the only specific goal. The curves and angles of the sides took shape on their own.

I started the sanding at 80grit, worked my way up to 600 and finished was O.B. Shine Juice, which has become my favorite friction polish. Since the wood is so hard and the shine juice makes it so smooth, it’s almost slippery in your hands.

Think I might tone it down a little for the next project. Big projects are nice, but actually take longer to work, in my opinion.

Here is this week’s video: Bloodwood Platter

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