Serving Platter

  • Advertise with us
Project by Betsy posted 03-11-2014 02:46 AM 2131 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Serving Platter
Serving Platter No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

This is a platter I made for this year’s church charity auction. Measures about 24” square and is maple, walnut and cherry (my three favorite woods). Finished with mineral oil. The picture is not the best as I can’t seem to get it to size correctly. But hopefully you get the idea.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

13 comments so far

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30475 posts in 2903 days

#1 posted 03-11-2014 02:51 AM

Very nice job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View lew's profile


12901 posts in 4320 days

#2 posted 03-11-2014 03:01 AM

Betsy, that’s gorgeous! I really like the three dimensional look of the field.

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

View Steve Kreins's profile

Steve Kreins

358 posts in 2195 days

#3 posted 03-11-2014 05:32 AM

I’d bid on it. I also want to make some items to raise money for one of our Missions Projects. My skill level just isn’t there yet. I’d love to know the details on how you made this piece, it’s beautiful.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

View Vjeko's profile


135 posts in 3979 days

#4 posted 03-11-2014 08:33 AM

Betsy, looks like you mastered the art. I’ve unfortunately got a big mess
and can’t do any woodwork but as soon as I get things sorted out
I’d like to have a go at items like this – will surely ask for advice ;)

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

View cajunpen's profile


14578 posts in 4630 days

#5 posted 03-11-2014 03:19 PM

That is a winner Betsy – it should do well at the Auction. I really thing that your wood combination works well.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

View S4S's profile


2118 posts in 3246 days

#6 posted 03-11-2014 03:47 PM

Very nice work !

View scrollingmom's profile


1198 posts in 3029 days

#7 posted 03-11-2014 03:51 PM

Looks great. Nice of you to donate your skills.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

View BarbS's profile


2434 posts in 4650 days

#8 posted 03-11-2014 07:04 PM

Very nice, Betsy! I really like that. I have to do a cutting board for my daughter by this summer, and I can’t decide whether to do it segmented or use some showy solid wood. Yours is an inspiration! Beautiful.


View Betsy's profile


3392 posts in 4460 days

#9 posted 03-12-2014 02:28 AM

Thanks all for your very nice comments. Steve I got the pattern somewhere on the web but can’t put my finger on where. I very seldom keep my printouts – I take the directions/dimensions and put them on small 3×5 cards and store those in a recipe box. Lots easier than notebooks.

Here is what I have for the pattern.

each slat starts at 36” long

Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8
Cherry 1/4
Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8
Cherry 1/4
Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8
Cherry 1/4
Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8

It’s important to start with one color at end with another color – that’s about the only thing to worry about. if you end and start with the same color you loose a little of the pattern beauty. I stagger my ends when I glue up to minimize waste.

You can cut your strips at several different angles, but I have experimented with 40, 50 and 60 and 60 degrees is by far my favorite when I’m using 1.5” strips. If I go thinner than 1.5 I like the 50 degree cut.

I have a jig cut at 60 degrees that i use on my sled, but lately I’ve just been using my incra miter gauge and it works really well.

To get the 3D effect you flip every other piece END for END. To get a typical chevron look flip every other piece LEFT to RIGHT (or if you are bent that way – RIGHT to LEFT!).

Glue up can be tricky so I try to only glue two pieces at a time. Sometimes it’s easier to do that way so that you don’t let your pieces slip and loose the connection of the chevron edges matching. If you mess up a piece cutting it at the angle, it will show on the final piece – you’ll have a hard time matching the chevrons. Just take your time and realize that this really is a pretty simple board to make – just a touch more time consuming – but not that much.

Give it a try!

Barb – go segmented—- always a winner and comes with those ohs and ahs!

Thanks again for your nice comments.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

View Blackie_'s profile


4883 posts in 3077 days

#10 posted 03-16-2014 02:24 PM

Very nice platter Betsy.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 2740 days

#11 posted 03-18-2014 03:26 PM

Very pretty platter, cool pattern and attractive wood color combo. Great job!

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

23609 posts in 3670 days

#12 posted 05-19-2016 04:21 AM

WOW, that is a gorgeous board, Betsy!!

Nice work and thanks for sharing how you did it!!

Cheers, Jim

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

View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

4262 posts in 3126 days

#13 posted 05-19-2016 04:32 AM

Job well done!!!

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics