Black Walnut Platters

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Project by rockmolsen posted 04-30-2017 08:33 PM 1848 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the reasons I upgraded my lathe last November was to be able to turn larger bowls and platters. I recently purchased a large quantity of Black Walnut from a gentleman moving out of the area. The last picture was the experiment, getting down the process since I’d never done a platter before. I started out with two 5/4 by 14 1/2” blanks. I mounted them to a face-plate, turned the bottoms and created the recess, then mounted to a 4 jaw chuck to finish the insides. I was being extra careful using a thinner blank. I’ve been known to blow through the bottom a few bowls being careless and getting too deep.

The fancier platter is 14”, the last 12”. I used a simple texturing tool to create the ring on the first. They are both sanded to 600, polished up with EEE and then a few coats of boiled linseed oil.

I made a lot of nice things on my old Jet midi lathe, but having the NOVA DVR now is awesome.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 04-30-2017 08:36 PM

Gorgeous Rick.

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

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#2 posted 04-30-2017 08:39 PM

Well they will be display pieces—maybe used 2 times a year for something very special.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-30-2017 08:49 PM

These are beautiful. Very creative too.
Nice lathe.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-30-2017 08:53 PM

Very nice!

-- Petey

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#5 posted 04-30-2017 09:57 PM

These are so beautiful. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 04-30-2017 10:46 PM

Beautiful Rick !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#7 posted 05-01-2017 12:36 AM

Very nice work congrats on the new Lathe.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 05-01-2017 02:09 AM

Great job Rick, the grain in the second one really caught my eye. Enjoy that new lathe!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 05-01-2017 04:15 AM

Really nice turnings.Congrats on the lathe.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 05-01-2017 11:10 AM

Beautiful platters! I like that dark ring on the first plate. You also have a mighty maschine to do such wonderful work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 05-01-2017 09:01 PM

Very nice work Rick, looks like you have some great pieces of timber to work with.
I know you’ll be pleased with the Nova, I have had one of the older DVR XP’s for some years now & more than happy

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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