Maple Burl platter

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 07-08-2009 10:11 PM 1692 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second platter that I turned from the maple burl wood gloat that Karson sent me. You can see Karson’s blog and my blog describing the project by searching through Lumberjock blogs. At the widest point this platter is 16 inches across and it is turned down to a thickness of 3/8 inch. Platter blank was 1 inch thick and I kept as much of the wood and bark as possible. I put the blank between centers to start, cleaned off the back of the platter and created a recess for my Nova chuck. The platter blank was then mounted in the chuck and the front side of the platter was turned. I turn odd shaped pieces at 3000 rpm as this reduces the amount of time the tool is “turning air”. These are fun to turn, but if you have never tried this before be careful as the blank resembles a big propeller. I installed an power switch on the tailstock end of the lathe so that I don’t have to reach around any piece to shut the power down. Before I make any changes with the tool rest I shut the lathe down. This piece was sanded to 320 grit. When finished I flooded the platter with clear danish oil – this thing soaked up almost a full pint!!! I then let the platter set for 4 days and applied 5 coats of satin wipe on poly, buffing between each coat with 600 grit wet/dry paper.

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

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#1 posted 07-08-2009 11:14 PM

Love the finish. Love the wood. You can tell you got down to 600 grit. Definitely worth the pint of danish oil!

-- Jerod, Austin

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#2 posted 07-08-2009 11:20 PM

Jeff The platter looks great. Nice job. I’m waiting to get mine.

-- 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 07-08-2009 11:55 PM

Outstanding! You did a Great Job!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 07-09-2009 01:41 AM

Nice looking turning.

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

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 01:46 AM

Unique and wonderful wood


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#6 posted 07-10-2009 03:39 AM

Fantastic job on this platter. and on Karsons. Beautifull work of art.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 07-11-2009 04:35 AM

Great work on those burl platters. They all look great and this finish is super.

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

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#8 posted 07-12-2009 05:37 PM

My neighbor just gave me a redwood burl. I plan on making an end table with the redwood as the table top. Your project looks great. I can’t wait to get started on mine.

-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson

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