Free Platters Anyone?

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Project by cstrang posted 01-03-2015 03:45 PM 2498 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I was having a new years eve party and I had some finger foods picked up when it hit me… I don’t have anything “nice looking” to serve any of it on. The bank account was still feeling Christmas so I didn’t want to hurt it anymore by purchasing plates so I decided to go to the shop and take a look in the cut off pile, then these platters and one bowl were born. The platters were quick to make and I think I will be making some more next year as gifts, they are 3/4” thick with an 1 3/8” hole for gripping/hanging, I used a thumbnail bit to achieve the edge I wanted. The bowl was a little bit more of a pain to make, it is my first attempt at making one. I free handed it with a router and a lot of sanding for the inside and I used the band saw and edge belt sander to achieve the look I wanted for the exterior. They are all finished with FDA approved oil. The best part is they were all free and quick to make for the party!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 03:48 PM

Neat I likey

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 04:19 PM

The wonderful world of wood working. You were able to give your guests a more classy dining experience with some scraps. Were you asked “where did you buy them”?

-- I dream of a world where a chicken can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 04:21 PM

I was asked “can you make them for me?” a lot… anyone who comes to my house knows that if they see something they like thats made of wood there is a good chance I didn’t buy it lol

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 04:28 PM

Cool idea, Chris!

I really like the pretzel bowl.

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

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 04:32 PM


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#6 posted 01-03-2015 04:59 PM

Great job! I particularly like the bowl (I have several rough logs in approximately that size and shape in my pile for drying – looks like my router will get a work out). Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 05:20 PM

Those are great – all of them. I especially like the bowl because it sparks ideas for my own version of elongated bowls.
Thanks for sharing -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 01-03-2015 07:39 PM

very cool

-- steve, simple and effective

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#9 posted 01-03-2015 10:35 PM

cool idea.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-04-2015 11:30 AM

Party down. Nice looking munch trays

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 01-06-2015 12:28 AM

Good one CS.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 01-06-2015 12:54 AM

Great platters and bowl! They really are aesthetically pleasing.

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#13 posted 01-06-2015 05:38 AM

Great use of leftover cutoffs. Well done.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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