Brightening up some dull platters.

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Project by Bob Collins posted 11-13-2009 01:40 PM 1479 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These three 11” diam. platters were turned using Australian White Cedar, there was no worthy grain and looked rather dull. In the effort to make them presentable I turned the bases down to around 1/4” or less thick and thought I would try mosaic patterns. The first one I did with different pieces of burl that would have ended up in the rubbish. The other two I used veneers I trimmed off blanks with the table saw. I finished the bare wood with light Teak varnish and then two coats of gloss Estapol. I cut the individual pieces with the scroll saw and glued to the thin base with Exterior Aquadere. After 24 hours it was back on the lathe and the inside smoothed and sanded.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 01:44 PM

Cool idea Bob and a nice look.

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

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 08:30 PM

i like the checker pattern
looks great

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 10:46 PM

I have been toying with this very idea….. but now that I see the end results, I guess I am going to have to stop thinking about it and do it…............. Nicely Done !.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 12:41 AM

These look great Bob.

-- R

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 06:52 AM

Very cool idea for livening up some plain grain. Thanks for the ideas.

Keep it up.


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

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 11:16 AM

Thanks all for the comments. Found this another way to use the cut offs. Hope to see yours soon Brian and good you can use the ideas scrappy.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 09:55 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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