Journey into Woodturning #55: Cheese Platter

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 05-04-2021 02:04 PM 1297 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was a revisit of a failure I had last year. Yeah I know, it took me this long to revisit the project? Well yes. Recently a local woodturner’s club suggested a challenge for the month of May to turn a platter without a worm screw, face plate or glue block and it rekindled that failure from last year.

I grabbed a piece of Jatoba and gave it another try. I had a feeling the jatoba was going to be a nice hard wood, but I had no idea just how beautiful the wood really is. It has a golden shine when the lust of the natural wood is exposed and looks even better with a proper finish is applied.

I got the piece round, between centers and cut in a tenon. It was less than ¼ inch tenon and only needed to expose enough wood to allow the chuck to grab hold. After flipping the wood into the chuck, I turned the bottom of the plate and made a recessed mortar. Finished off the bottom with a sanding from 80 to 600 grit. Butchers block oil finish and Mahoney’s wax as a topper.

Flipped the bottom into the chuck and worked the top of the plate. Making it flat, sanding from 80 to 600 and finishing the same, with butcher’s block and wax topper completing the project. 100% food safe and ready for a block of cheese, crackers and maybe some pepperoni.

This was a fun project and I recommend it, especially with the picnic weather approaching.

Here’s this weeks video: Cheese Platter

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