Platters with a history

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Project by socrbent posted 03-27-2020 02:13 AM 306 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished these 6 oak platters about 2 weeks ago, mostly pre-pandemic. My brother gave me some wood from a table that was in basement of the family home when we kids grew up. Best I can tell the table was left there by my grandparents when they retired and my parents took over the farm. There were some leaves and other top boards and a couple of pedestals in pieces. Not in great shape. This spent a year in my shop while I was looking for a good use. No clue yet about pedestal parts, but decided to turn me and my 5 siblings platters from the top boards.

Cut them up into usable size pieces jointed edges as needed and glued up 6 blanks. Reverse side looked like the original table had some hand planning.

My planer struggled to flatten one side and remove the old finish (put in new knives after this task). Located centers, marked out circumference for platter and mount. Roughed out each platter on band saw.

Used a combination of double sided tape and hot glue to mount a blank to a waste block. This worked great holding the blank while turning and made release to turn backside easy.

Turning this dry old oak was challenging. Easy to get tear out. Filled some worm holes and rotted spots with T88 epoxy tinted black after masking off the area.

Used the extended cole jaws to finish the bottom of each platter.

Two coats of sanding sealer and 3 coats of polyurethane finished the job off. Wish I had looked at the wood better before glue up. You can see some mismatched wood grain.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 02:42 AM

Neat background. Turned out great!

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#2 posted 03-27-2020 06:41 AM

Your brothers and sisters will appreciate your great work. It was a nice way to keep the table in the family.

-- James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 01:20 PM

Great rescue and reuse.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 03-28-2020 03:36 AM

That is a good use of an old table! I used the wood I saved from my Mom’s old Ash table in Chaotic End Grain Cutting boards. Gave one to each sibling. I noticed the home-made jaws, nice work. I have the white rubber pieces too but I also have a round black set that is tapered out, I trust them more to hold my work.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 03-28-2020 11:29 AM

Very good way to preserve memory/history

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-28-2020 01:37 PM

Thanks Ivan, John, swirt, James and BB1.

John, Where did you get the black rubber pieces?

-- socrbent Ohio

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