Karson's wood gloat moves to Tennessee

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Blog series by jeffthewoodwacker updated 07-06-2009 11:15 PM 4 parts 5983 reads 26 comments total

Part 1: Platters on my mind

06-20-2009 01:34 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 9 comments »

Recently Karson posted a blog about some highly figured maple that he had scored. You can read the blog here: I responded to Karson’s blog and asked him to send the wood to me and I would turn it into platters. Karson agreed to send one plank from Delaware to Tennessee on the condition that I turn a platter for him. Today my friendly mail carrier delivered a rather heavy package to me. Once the package was opened (Karson likes to use a lot ...

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Part 2: Ready to finish

06-25-2009 03:11 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 4 comments »

I had told Karson that I probably wouldn’t be able to start on his wood gloat platter until after the 4th of July holiday, but the wood blanks he sent me have been asking to be put on the lathe ever since they arrived in Tennessee. Today I went to the shop and got an early start on turning two platters. I start all my platters the same way – decided what the shape will be, find an approximate center, drill a 3/8” diameter hole and mount to a screw chuck. What will be the i...

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Part 3: Ready for wipe on poly

06-28-2009 08:40 PM by jeffthewoodwacker | 5 comments »

I have flooded Karsons maple burl wood gloat platter with clear Danish oil and let it sit for 4 days to completely dry. This piece soaked up a little more than 1 pint of Danish oil. Here is what the piece looked like before the Danish oil was applied: Here is the platter after the Danish oil was applied and left to dry for 4 days. There are a lot of wild grain patterns in this piece and the Danish oil gave them some character. I will start applying satin wipe on poly today and ...

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Part 4: Completed and ready to travel to Delaware

07-06-2009 11:15 PM by jeffthewoodwacker | 8 comments »

I applied 6 coats of satin wipe on poly to Karson’s maple burl wood gloat platter last week. This platter is 17 inches across at it’s widest point – if you want real excitement in your life turn something like this on a lathe at 3000 rpm – as they say at the amusement parks “keep your hands and feet in the ride at all times”. Took Karson’s platter and the other platter that I made from the same plank to a gallery show this weekend and had to turn do...

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