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Turned Plate (bowl rescue)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 12-12-2020 06:12 PM 1032 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as a bowl, but I undercut the inside, and ended up getting a little too thin, and when I got a catch, things got out of hand (fourth picture). So I set it aside for a few days, then came back to it and made a little plate. The wood was too pretty to throw away.

I also experimented with the finish on this a bit. I only sanded to 220, but then I applied a homemade friction finish (shellac and linseed oil) to the outside. On the inside, I French polished it, and finished with a coat of violin varnish. I probably need a few more coats of varnish to make it really shine, but it looks pretty darned good to me already.

The plate is about 5 inches in diameter, and about a half-inch thick at the rim.

Note: sent to my friend Dan

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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duckmilk

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#1 posted 12-12-2020 06:25 PM

Nice recovery Dave. You’re right about the wood being attractive. I think as a plate, it will be more visible.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#2 posted 12-12-2020 06:26 PM

Nice plate Dave, interesting how you got there!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 12-12-2020 06:35 PM

Nice plate! Maybe a Tea Cup to go with it?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 12-12-2020 06:41 PM

Looking good, Dave! Now I’m starting to feel guilty about not going down there and finishing those wine stopper kits my wife put on the “honey do” list!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#5 posted 12-12-2020 06:41 PM

Way to go Dave never give up, we wood workers learn a lot by our mistakes sometimes I think they work to our advantage.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 12-12-2020 06:43 PM

Looks like a good place to throw some Silver dollars into? Hear them Trump ones are getting quite Valuable:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 12-12-2020 07:07 PM

Thanks, Duck! That stick of birch I got from the shorts bin at my lumber yard back in MN was quite a bargain.

Thanks, John!

That’s a thought, Bandit. More likely it’ll end up with chocolates or something in it. Maybe as a present for one of the neighbors.

Chuck, don’t feel too guilty, or if you do, maybe take a nap to recover. I’m supposed to be making bookcases, but instead I’ve got a little box (2½ inches square, about 1¾ high) that’s taking me three or four times as long to make as a bookcase.

Thanks, Oldrivers! I’ve tried to learn one new thing with each bowl I turn, and have succeeded so far. But I wouldn’t mind having one without a lesson attached. ;-)

No thanks, Andre. Chocolates or cookies seem more my speed.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 12-12-2020 09:28 PM

heck i think it turned out better than it would have as a bowl,damn nice plattter dave and a great save.

-- 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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#9 posted 12-12-2020 09:29 PM

Makes one restore their faith in reincarnation in wood that is!

Look forward to the chocies and cookes.

Hey 18 years of BMW ownership ended this week the K1100 has left the building.

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 12-12-2020 11:22 PM

Not exactly a platter, Pottz. It’s only 5 inches diameter. Thanks!

Thanks, Rob. Sorry you’ve left the club, but on a year like this one, when I’ve only filled the tank on the BMW twice, I understand letting it go. And it looks like someone else will be happy with it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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pottz

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#11 posted 12-13-2020 12:16 AM

looking at the pic i thought it was about 10”,still damn nice,

-- 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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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 12-13-2020 02:43 AM

Thanks! Yeah, I realized it’s hard to tell scale from the photo. I’ll go back and edit the description.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 12-13-2020 03:09 AM

Great recovery Dave, the platter looks superb.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 12-13-2020 05:02 AM

Nicely done Dave. How did you like the friction finish?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Dave Polaschek

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#15 posted 12-13-2020 12:58 PM

Thanks, Peter and Nathan.

The friction finish is about what I expected. French polish without all the work. I’m still tweaking the ratio of oil to shellac a bit, and I’ll try tung oil on the next one I turn (instead of linseed oil) and we’ll see. The big thing is that I need to remember to do a lot of steps before cutting the bowl / plate loose from the tenon. I’ve also ordered both the big and little jaws for my nova chuck, so I can hold onto different sized pieces with that, I think once I get all the pieces parts in order, I’ll be pretty happy with the home-brew friction finish. Thanks again for that article!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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