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Project by LesB posted 01-17-2009 08:58 PM 1597 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a 16.5” platter I recently turned for my wife. It is made from a single piece of Sycamore. It is 2” deep and finished with multiple coats of salad bowl finish. The wood is a little soft and soaked up three appliations of the finish before a top finish started to develop. The grain and pattern in the wood is even more dramatic than the picture shows and I have the feeling it will get a lot of use but it could just be put on display to show off the beautiful wood. The wood was supplied by my step son who does custom wood sawing in the Santa Cruz area of California so that makes the piece even more valuable to my wife.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 01-17-2009 10:50 PM

Very nice!... I’m liking that shine… Well done.

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 12:34 AM

Very nicely done. I like the rim treatment.

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 06:31 AM

I love Sycamore but it can be tough because it is so soft. Great job on such a large piece. I have never seen it so dark though. Is this just because it soaked up so much finish or was the wood darker to begin with?

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 08:19 AM

Thanks guys.
This piece of sycamore was dark and got darker when I put the salad bowl finish on it. It is soft and I’m hoping the finish will harden and protect it.
I made some jewelry boxes out of the rest of board and they also turned dark which didn’t particularly please me. I will post pictures of them soon.

-- Les B, Oregon

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