Big Platter project #1: Big Ash Platter

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 12-24-2010 03:13 AM 2040 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I scored a very large piece of ash from a guy who runs a portable saw mill. This piece measures out at 23” across and almost 48” high and is 3” thick. There are a couple of checks in the piece and by working around them I will get one 20” diameter platter and four 9 1/2” platters.

Went to the bandsaw and cut out the five platter blanks.

I have attached an eight inch faceplate to what will be the top side of the platter. Every hole will have a screw in it before I mount the faceplate on the lathe.

The platter is ready to be trued up. The blank just barely clears the bed!

This will be turned as a platter with three feet – there is an inner circle marked that is 4” in diameter, and other circle marked that is 6” in diameter and a dashed line that marks the middle of these two circles. I used my lathe’s indexing wheel to divide the inner circle into 3 even sections that will form the feet.

I have rough cut the area between one foot – I use a Ryobi carver and an angle grinder to clean out most of the waste area. That is it for tonight, will go back at it tomorrow.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 03:49 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 07:34 AM

You da man Jeff: What an impressive piece of wood.

Nice job on getting iot started.

I just sold three 24” planks of walnut that were 6’ long. They were 2 1/2” thick.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 12:29 AM

Thanks for the how-to with photos : )
I was going to ask you how you made the feet on your finished project page , but now I know : )
Ash can be a very beautiful wood and you’ve done it proud with this platter !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 02:59 AM

Jeff, this is just Great to follow along as you do this project. I admire you guys that take photos as you work so that you can show us amateur’s how it is done.

This platter is very beautiful, will you be selling this or will you keep it?

Thanks for sharing…

The SedcoKid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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