Eucalyptus platter

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 04-03-2009 12:17 AM 1165 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Eucalyptus platter that is 12 inches in diameter. If you look closely in the upper left hand quadrant you might see some holes from wood beetles. I finished this platter with 6 coats of hand rubbed tung oil, buffing between each coat with 0000 steel wool. The grain pattern in this piece was amazing.

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

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 12:23 AM

i’ve never turned Eucalyptus. how was it to spin? good looking project.. your right about the grain

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 12:26 AM

Jeff It’s a great looking platter. Nice job.

-- 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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#3 posted 04-03-2009 12:40 AM

Beautiful grain, nice platter. The worm/beetle holes often add a nice depth to projects like this.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 12:56 AM

John, this piece of Eucalyptus was dry and turned easily.

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

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 01:02 AM

It’s neat to see such a big turning in Euc. I lucked into a tree that fell over in a nearby neighborhood here in LA, and have found the wood to be very easy to turn, very hard, and beautiful inside. Looks like we got different species. Yours almost has an oak look.

I put up a bunch of pics of the tree and my amateur cup turning in 3 parts, here, here, and here, if you want to compare the woods. There are 12 known boring bugs in the Eucs in California. 1/4 of all insect life in Australia is under the bark of the endless supply of Eucalyptus trees there, often 100k bugs per tree. My tree was thoroughly infested with Eucalyptus Longhorned Borers. They sure made for some neat looking carvings.

Beautiful plate! Thanks for sharing.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 04-03-2009 02:58 AM

The neat thing about turning bug infested wood is instant protein! Guess it gives you energy when you turn.

-- Dale

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#7 posted 04-03-2009 03:43 AM

Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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