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Big Platter project #2: Day 2 - got a lot done!

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 12-25-2010 12:06 AM 1132 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got an early start on the big platter project today. I use a power carver, angle grinder, dremel tool and assorted shop made sanders to work on the foot detail. I have a Trent Bosch carving post that mounts directly to my faceplate and this makes working on the back of the platter much easier – the platter stays attached to the facelplate until I am ready to put it back on the lathe.

I have just a little bit to finish up and reverse it so I can work on the front.

I have finished the front side of the platter. Sandpaper has not touched this piece yet – sometimes you just get lucky and have a good day!

I have sanded both the front side and back side of the platter to 400 grit and this is what it looks like with one coat of mylands sanding sealer.

I reversed chucked the platter onto the vacuum chuck and finished the foot detail. This is the back side of the platter with one coat of mylands sanding sealer and one coat of Deft satin lacquer. Picture does not do a good job of showing the chatter work detail on the finger hold.

Front side of the platter with one coat of mylands sanding sealer and one coat of Deft satin lacquer. I will put at least three more coats of satin lacquer on each side, let the final coat dry for a couple of days and then buff it out. Will post the finished product in a couple of days.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.



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woodpeckerbill

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 01:18 AM

AWesome job on this platter Jeff. I like the method you used for making the feet. Very creative. I like all your turnings!

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DrAllred

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 01:37 AM

Great work, how will that hold up under use, it looks like the feet are a far from the sides, could it tip over if not loaded properly with stuff?

Can’t wait to see the smaller platters.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#3 posted 12-25-2010 01:54 AM

The feet have an outside diameter of 6 inches and are 1 inch wide – I have made several platters like this and haven’t had one tip over yet. Maybe when this one is completely finished I will test it out by loading up one side until it tips. The finish should hold up great when completely cured. I use Mahoney’s salad bowl oil on functional pieces – they get dirty you just wash them off and dry them. If the finish starts to wear just rub a little mineral oil on it and you are ready to go.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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sedcokid

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 05:28 AM

What a beautiful Platter, Jeff!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Karson

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 05:31 AM

Jeff: A great looking job. Did you use brush or spray on the Deft.

Greatlooking layup on the platter The sap grain is perfect

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 05:32 AM

Beautiful work, amazing turning for the size. Awesome.

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

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jeffthewoodwacker

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 11:53 PM

Karson, for this piece I am using the brush on Deft. Usually can get two coats on a day.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 12:34 AM

It’s gorgeous , but I can’t stand to be around Deft for very long.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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