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Project by Mary Anne posted 02-11-2010 06:43 PM 1375 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

10” x 2” walnut, finished with Waterlox.

I am generally happy with it and I’m sure it is going to lead to several more plates; probably some with a little more creativity in the details. It is a piece that people can’t seem to resist picking up and running their hands over it. To me, that is success. There is a little “beauty mark” knot near the center on the front was a nice surprise that adds some interest.





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 06:57 PM

That’s a nice piece of walnut. I’m a newbie turner too, so I’m right there with you. The fun starts on the next one when you try to narrow down that rim without going too far and sending pieces flying across the shop. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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lew

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 07:34 PM

Beautiful Plate!!

I really like the way you finished the bottom “foot”

Lew

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

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Mary Anne

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 07:42 PM

Thanks, Charlie!

I actually debated with myself on making the rim thinner, but once I took it off the lathe, I loved the way the curve of it felt in my hands and knew it was right for this piece.

If you are already ducking flying pieces, you are off to a fine start. I know I ended up with a quite a few doughnuts before I finished my first bowl. Then there was the day I clubbed myself upside the head while hurrying to make a rolling pin so I could bake cookies… so much for combining hobbies. LOL

Although I still have much to learn, I’m not a complete newbie at turning. I’ve just never came across a piece of wood that said, “Make a plate!” Now that I have, I’ll be keeping an eye for more. I’m thinking bigger would be better, and maybe gluing up some blanks combining woods will be fun.

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 07:53 PM

I know what you mean about all the possibilities. I’d better do something to include my table saw, because I think it is starting to feel jealous of my lathe.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 02-11-2010 07:59 PM

Thank you, Lew. I am happy with it. It is nice and stable.

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Mary Anne

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#6 posted 02-11-2010 08:06 PM

Charlie,

I am on the other side of the equation, starting with the lathe and only now a beginner in flat work. As I’ve been struggling to get through building a box and a towel cubby for my bathroom, my lathe has been calling to me. I’m no stranger to a table saw, but only used it for rough work in the past. Oh, all the possibilities!! Oh, all the tools!!

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 02-11-2010 08:16 PM

lol!

So much wood, and so little time.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 02-11-2010 08:16 PM

Thats a cool looking plate good job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Cher

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#9 posted 02-11-2010 08:25 PM

Charlie and Mary Anne, you two are frightening me about wood flying and hitting you on the head, should I perhaps wear a crash helmet? Charlie for me it is so little wood and so little time. Mary Anne I hope I get to turn a plate as beautiful as yours.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Moffett77

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 08:25 PM

Very nice, who is Waterlox made by?

-- Moffett, Sacramento CA

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Mary Anne

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 08:42 PM

Thanks, Jim!

Cher, oops, you weren’t supposed to be reading about the scary stuff. But it does happen and safety gear is always a good thing. It keeps your reflexes alive, too.:) It’s also another good reason why starting small is a good idea. Starting small is also good for learning what happens when you do get that inevitable catch or go too thin and punch through your turning. The rolling pin incident was my own stupid fault trying to rush. I turned the lathe up to high speed without the double-check to see that it was secure.

Moffett, Waterlox is made by Waterlox. :) http://www.waterlox.com. I think even the big box stores have. I really, really like the finish, and it is quick and easy.

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jockmike2

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#12 posted 02-11-2010 09:20 PM

Gorgeous, really very pretty, nice grain, you’ve done a fine job.

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

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Lisa Chan

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#13 posted 02-11-2010 09:36 PM

I love it. Which method did you use to attach it to the lathe for turning?

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#14 posted 02-11-2010 09:37 PM

fantastic plate… turning is not the easiest part of the woodworking tools so my hat is off to you… I am a beginner still learning the lathe, but having some fun with it…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Mary Anne

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 09:42 PM

Thanks, Jockmike!

Thank you, Lisa. I started with it mounted on a screw chuck and turned the bottom first. I made a recess in the bottom (the foot) so I could chuck it to turn the top.

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