Platter of African Mahogany

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Project by BarbS posted 03-22-2011 04:45 AM 1779 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A 16” mahogany platter, about 1” thick. It’s been oiled, waxed and buffed. Comments welcome!


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#1 posted 03-22-2011 05:17 AM

That is one very nice platter Barbs, I have been playing with some mahogany myself lately it can be dirty stuff to work with & a bit “teary” at times. This looks like Honduran mahogany as opposed to African which is gererally a lot darker. If you ever have to fill some of the grain lines wet sand it with Danish oil & the slurry will help fill up,also leaves a great finish, (I always clean of the Danish straight away so it dont go “sticky” & take too long to dry.)
You have made a fantastic job of this one a beaut size also, hey what did you do with that rim?? looks great :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 05:18 AM

That’s a beautiful platter! How did you do the edge treatment? I really like it!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 05:27 AM

Yes, nice platter!! How about the do-dads along the rim?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 05:42 AM

Thanks all. I didn’t know the patterning would be such a puzzle! The edge has two U-shaped grooves with a flat in between, then I used a Lee Valley carving stamp (square one) on point to stamp the diamond pattern around it. Finished the sanding at 10:30 pm, and began the stamping process. My 90-yr. old mother lives upstairs, and today I apologized for finishing up my wood project so late at night. Told her I was hammer-stamping the edging, and she said, “I know. Three taps, then three taps, then… three taps…then….” :-) Pete, I think African mahogany is the lighter variety? This was quite light before I oiled it with Watco Fruitwood.


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#5 posted 03-22-2011 05:59 AM

Sheee Zamm that’s one beautiful platter. I really like the detail around the edge. I know your mother knows the tap tap tap was well worth it. Great job by a super lady.

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 06:16 AM

Seriously beautiful!!

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 07:34 AM

very nice platter and the stamp is a great little touch.

-- Vince

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#8 posted 03-22-2011 07:49 AM

That is a very nice! platter Barbs. Glad that I came along here a little late, I too wanted to know about that diamond pattern.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 03-22-2011 08:52 AM

It is very nice i love the grain great gob. I hop i will find the time to do some work like that. My daughter tells me i have to many hobbies.

-- Harold, Finger Lakes, NY

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#10 posted 03-22-2011 09:35 AM

Babs you may be right? Afrcan Mah’ (Khayab ivorensis) is gererally held to be less stable & used as an alternative to the more favoured Honduran variety (Swietenia macrophylla) which is accepted as the true mahogany, I have always taken the African as more open grained & slightly darker.
I think it is fasinating what we side track into on this site.
Lets forget about that anyway, this is a realy beautiful piece, & I am more interested in this “CARVING STAMP” what’s this all about? never heard of these things before, come on spill the beans : )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 03-22-2011 10:30 AM

the stamping gave this interest..

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Barbara Gill

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#12 posted 03-22-2011 11:58 AM

Very nice platter Barbs.

-- Barbara

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#13 posted 03-22-2011 01:19 PM

That is one nice platter Barbs! What’s that around the rim? A little embossing or woodburning?

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#14 posted 03-22-2011 02:09 PM

Barbs: A beautiful platter. The wood species shouldn’t be anything to distract from the great job.

But the Mahogany that I’ve got the Genuine mahogany is lighter than the African Mahogany. But I’ve found a lot of variations in the color of the Genuine Mahogany, because it can come from different regions in South America.

The beauty of that platter is self evident. A great job on the creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 03-22-2011 02:18 PM

Gorgeous turning Barb. The grain and finish is beautiful, and the embossing is the icing on the cake. mike

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

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