A Four-Cornered Dish

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-15-2019 06:38 AM 663 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know how long I’ve had this wood lying around. I only know that I got it (eBay), along with several other bits of flat stock, before I started turning. My brain was operating on a box makers level, mostly, at the time.

So, I had these two slabs of book-matched QSO that were encased in wax. I woke up this morning with the thought that I’d do something with one of them that didn’t involve dovetails and hinges and all kinds of (what are the kids calling it these days?) precision.

So the thought went like this:

It’s time for a four-cornered plate/platter/dish sort of a Thing.

Yeah. Let’s see if you can get away with that. Hey. If you had any of the parts for it, it could be a Plate/Platter/Dish/ CLOCK kind of a Thing.

Oh. Now you’re my Muse?

Well, I did, after a fashion.

It wound up about 9” square. The hard part was that, despite all that wax coating, it was horribly warped. I had to run it across the Sawstop (in bypass mode) to get straight edges from which I could ascertain the center. Then, I watched a couple videos, to buck up my courage (Thanks to Brother Carl – If he can do it, I suppose I can).

My points didn’t come out so much points as blunts. I want you to know, though, that it’s not because I chipped the corners off – I didn’t. It’s because, in shaping the bottom, which I did first, I swept the sides up too far to account for all the material I’d have to remove from the face side, due to the warpage. (The slab undulateth much.

I sanded it up to 1000 grit, sealed it with Shine Juice, then, hit it with the YG and HS.

And now, for a moment of painful honesty:

You know all the talk that goes on around here about “making of a piece of wood what it wants you to make of it”? This is just another way of saying that we, as practitioners of the wooden arts, find ourownbadselves quite often adapting to changing situations. Such is life, right? One of the glorious traits we share with the rest of the animal kingdom is that we adapt. It’s how we survive. For instance, if you’re a cow in the Frozen North, you develop a layer of fat of about 6” thickness. Or, If you’re an antelope on the Prairie, you’ve learned to call upon your Unicorn ancestry to absolutely vanish any time a human comes within two miles of you carrying a rifle.

In this case, the adaptation took the form of a button-like formation in the bowl of the dish. This was because I was afraid that I might blow out the bottom, if I dished it out all the way. There, I’ve said it. I’ve stepped out from behind the curtain. And, now you know more than you needed to know.

Also, this piece is finished. Except for the bottom.

I wanted to post it before giving myownbadself a chance to mess it up. When I do finish up the bottom, I’ll add pictures. If you don’t see such photos, we must never speak of it again.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-15-2019 06:43 AM

Wow… That looks pretty cool

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-15-2019 12:05 PM

Hello Dali! – Cool four corner turning, Mark, you actually made it look like the wood is melting – good for a platter or a Surrealist inspired clock. Really beautiful wood grain – visible from all angles – thanks for listening to the wood and not making anything from this piece until the time was right.

Take care,


-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 03-15-2019 02:19 PM

Wow !!!! Mate, that is beautiful, and you didn’t rip the corners or edges off. Well done.
Love that grain and look forward to seeing the bottom when finished.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 03-15-2019 02:52 PM

Love that finish!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-15-2019 11:03 PM

Top view of that is sweeeet.

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#6 posted 03-16-2019 06:50 AM

spectacular as usual,enough said!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 03-16-2019 07:11 PM

Interesting piece and looks cool Mark!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 03-22-2019 02:16 AM

Nice work, Mark. That is some real pretty wood!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 03-22-2019 04:09 PM

Thanks, Jim.

-- Mark

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#10 posted 04-01-2019 12:22 AM

Great result Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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