Big Turned Cherry Platter

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I turned this 18” platter from an incredible piece of cherry. We don’t get cherry trees this big very often in Minnesota, so it was a treat.

-- PaulMayer,

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#1 posted 01-06-2018 03:05 PM

That’s a big piece of cherry anywhere. Well done. What lathe did you turn it on? What will you use it for?

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 04:25 PM

You’re right about the cherry, Terry, unusual anywhere. Thank you. I turned it on a Laguna 2436. As far as what I will use it for, that’s a good question. That’s a problem in general with this turning hobby; I’m drowning in bowls and other round stuff. I usually just display items somewhere in the house for a while, then give as a gift or donate for an auction.

-- PaulMayer,

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 05:27 PM

Beautiful platter Paul! Not only is it huge it didn’t split. Do you think now that the orchards are going to dwarf type trees someday we may not get wood like that?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 05:39 PM

Thanks, John. I was getting worried about it splitting. I had to take it pretty thin to get any depth at all with such a wide platter. It’s only a hair over 1/8” at the rim, which makes this a pretty fragile piece and probably not a great candidate for heavy use.

I don’t know much about trees, but as I understand it the cherry trees that are typically used for cherry lumber are not the same species as the orchard trees. The black cherry trees that most of the cherry lumber comes from has tiny hard fruit that is not good to eat, and yes, way too tall for efficient harvesting of fruit.

This particular tree was growing behind a bar out in the country . The sawyer who cut it down said that he’s never seen such a large cherry tree that wasn’t rotted in the middle. Very enjoyable wood to work with. I’ve built a few pieces of furniture from it already, with more to come.

-- PaulMayer,

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#5 posted 01-06-2018 05:53 PM

Wow, that’s quite a platter.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 01-06-2018 10:06 PM


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#7 posted 01-07-2018 03:54 AM

Thanks a lot, guys. I appreciate the feedback.

-- PaulMayer,

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#8 posted 01-07-2018 01:43 PM

Well, here’s a little more. Excellent job and very well done! Must have had at least a couple minutes of tension when finishing that outer band, going down to 1/8”!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 01-07-2018 03:02 PM

Amazing platter it looks bigger than 18”, looks like you could serve a whole roasted pig on that beauty.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#10 posted 01-07-2018 05:03 PM

Great looking platter and a great looking piece of cherry.


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#11 posted 01-07-2018 06:05 PM

Thanks for the extra information on Cherry trees Paul. A person, or company, must be extremely patient to grow trees for lumber.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 01-07-2018 08:55 PM

Great work.
I have made similar size platters from Maple (one 24”) and slightly smaller by gluing two blanks together but never that thin. That is quite a challenge because of the wood flexing as it spins, cracking, but being too delicate to use afterward.

I have to remember to use what I call the fisherman’s technique of photography you used that makes the plate look even larger….hold the fish way out towards the camera to make it look bigger. LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#13 posted 01-07-2018 10:47 PM

I didn’t want to make it that thin (and I wouldn’t recommend it), but the proportions were difficult from the beginning as it was only 1-1/8” thick to begin with. So I tried to squeeze as much depth out of it as I could, and in doing so I couldn’t maintain much thickness at the rim. It’s fragile, and yes, it was flexing a fair amount in the final stages.

The fisherman’s technique; ha! The platter does look larger, but that’s not what I was trying to do. I was trying to have the platter in the light and in focus, and me in the shadows and out of focus. I didn’t quite get as much blur as I wanted on me, but that was the general idea. I think if I would have pulled off the blur effect that I was going for, it wouldn’t have given the perception that the 18” platter was in fact a 36” platter.

-- PaulMayer,

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#14 posted 01-08-2018 06:01 AM

Monster Cherry. Pretty nice platter too :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#15 posted 01-08-2018 06:33 PM

That is very impressive! Well done! I have a 18/36 revo…..i looked at the 24/36 in a show room…it is very nice…my first thought is I am not sure I am strong enough to put a hunk of wood that size on it! I never thought of a platter…thanks for showing.

-- Mike

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