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Karson's maple burl wood gloat platter

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 07-06-2009 11:26 PM 2552 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Karson recently posted a blog about some maple burl that he had scored and posted a photo of one of the planks. He agreed to send one of the planks to me if I would turn a platter for him. You can see this project blog by going here: http://lumberjocks.com/jeffthewoodwacker/blog/9938. The platter blank that I used for this project was just over 17 inches x 16 inches and 1 inch thick. The completed platter is 17 inches across at it’s widest point. When I drew out the shape that I wanted the platter to be turned my goal was to keep as much wood as possible and all the bark. The platter was turned at 3000 rpm, sanded to 320 grit and finished with 6 coats of satin wipe on poly. Unfortunately the worm that was in the platter did not survive the turning process. This platter will now head to Karson’s home in Delaware.

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





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#1 posted 07-07-2009 12:05 AM

Beautiful platter!! Too bad about the worm

Rick

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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Karson

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#2 posted 07-07-2009 12:11 AM

I told you you could keep the worn, I’m sorry he didn’t make it. But I’m definitely glad that he’s not coming back home.

Jeff the platter looks great. I can’t thank you enough.

I’m looking forward to giving it to my wife. Our 46th anniversary is in a couple of weeks.

-- 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 07-07-2009 02:53 AM

Jeff, this “turned” out beautifully. Leaving the natural edge on the platter gives it added interest.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 07-07-2009 02:55 AM

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#5 posted 07-07-2009 03:08 AM

what would a person actually use this platter for? surely not for food items? or is it just for decoration?

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#6 posted 07-07-2009 03:25 AM

very nicely executed

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 07-07-2009 03:28 AM

Mike, you use the platter for apples, bananas, etc as once the finish dries it is food safe. This platter lends itself more for decoration – either flat or as a wall hanging.

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

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#8 posted 07-07-2009 03:40 AM

I assume it will be a wall hanging. I hope it not’s for serving the turkey at Thanksgiving.

-- 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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#9 posted 07-07-2009 04:19 AM

So, that is how Karson gets all of his woodworking done… he hires it out! I have a hard time thinking of that chunk of wood spinning around at 3,000 rpm and someone working it with sharp instruments—I’d hire it out, too!

Seriously, I had a hard time grasping what I was looking at… I was trying to find a platter… then discovered the whole piece was the platter… amazing piece of work and craftsmanship. How does one balance such a unique piece so it will spin for turning?

uh, Karson, you mean you aren’t going to be serving us from it at the picnic? And, offering it up as a club door prize is out of the question? lol…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Karson

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#10 posted 07-07-2009 04:33 AM

Al, I’m starting to figure out that I need to use 1000 Bd Ft of wood a year to get rid of my stash. This transfer to Jeff has dropped this year down to 997, So It’s all for the good.

And very perceptive of you noticing that it won’t be a door prize.

-- 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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mmh

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#11 posted 07-07-2009 05:06 AM

Beautiful wood and turning.

If I bring a pick-up truck can I come visit?

I have an excellent recipe for “walled turkey”.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 07-07-2009 04:10 PM

Thanks to all for the comments and critiques. I spend more time determining how to turn a piece like this than I do actually turning it. I mounted the blank between centers and turned it by hand to reposition the blank until it was close to being in balance. By turning at 3000 rpm the time the tool is touching “air” is reduced. The back side of the platter is turned first and a recess is created for the chuck to grab to hold the platter while the front is being turned. You learn very quickly not to reach around the piece while it is spinning.

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

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#13 posted 07-08-2009 03:03 AM

Another great job on saving all the wood you did. Karson, your wife will love that platter.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 08-07-2009 02:49 PM

Beautiful!

Wow, turning this at 3000 RPM is pretty daring.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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