Journey into Woodturning #72: Ambrosia Platter

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 08-31-2021 02:27 PM 353 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was mostly about grabbing a piece of wood off the shelf and thinking, what could I turn out of this? As this was an ambrosia maple 9 inches wide round and 2 inches deep, platter would be perfect for this piece.

I discovered a little late, what looked like a nice section of ambrosia. However, it was on the bottom of the design and would be cut away. I had no idea the beaty yet to show itself.

After turning the bottom and finishing with O.B. Shine Juice, I saw this beautiful ambrosia figure appear in the wood. I appeared to look like a handprint. As if someone was holding it the platter like a discus thrower.

The inside of the platter showed a few nice streaks of dark brown against the light tan, but one stretch of ambrosia looking like an imprint of a canoe. It might require a little imagination, but I see it along with the worm holes that go right through it too. The worm holes as I call it, are actually left-over holes from the boring beetles that help make the ambrosia look.

The ambrosia is very unique and make the platter very special, but I felt it needed a little more and gave it an extra flare. I cut in a few groves and broke out the elf tool. The elf tool dents to wood into a pattern. The groves above and below the pattern make it standout. Wouldn’t you agree?

Here’s this weeks video: Ambrosia Platter

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