Large Platter

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Project by Stonekettle posted 11-08-2015 06:46 PM 1193 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a large piece of sapele from my local hardwood supplier, 14 inches wide, ~5 inches thick, and 8 feet long – that’s a heavy piece of sapele. It took three of us and a forklift to get it into my truck.

In the shop, I used the big RAS to cut it into manageable pieces for bowls, but I left a piece 28 inches long. I took that piece and split it into 2 thinner pieces (2.5” thick, 14” wide, and 28” long) using a carbide resaw blade and then jointed and booked the pieces to form a large square 28” x 28”.

I flattened the blank using the CNC machine, cut a reverse chuck pocket in the center, and traced a 27” circle. Back to the bandsaw, cut it to round, and then I could mount it on the Yellow Monster. I first turned and finished the bottom, then reversed it and turned the top.

It’s sanded top and bottom to 600gt and finished in food safe oil and wax. It glows in the light and the color is amazing, one of the reasons I really enjoying working with sapele.

Final diameter is 26.5” (66cm) and it weighs in at about 10lbs (4.5kg).

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#1 posted 11-08-2015 07:50 PM

That’s beautiful and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 11-08-2015 10:50 PM

Great job on that platter!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-09-2015 01:53 AM

That is really nice. What are you planning on doing with it? 26” and 10 lbs is huge!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 11-09-2015 02:04 AM

John, this kind of thing is usually in demand from high end catering companies or restaurants that offer large buffets. Hard to get handmade serving platters in this size, typically they’ll put the actual food on a glass dish centered on the platter. But I also sell them to businesses that want large art pieces to hang on the wall or as a base for other art pieces (like a large pitcher or vase).

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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