Hickory Platter

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Project by socrbent posted 01-15-2018 08:55 PM 430 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even though this was not a deep bowl or hollow form, I found this to be very challenging and therefore a good learning experience. Dry hickory is not fun to turn. Started with a block that was then resawn and glued up to create the turning blank. My efforts to choose fault free wood from the original block may have helped but I found several cracks once it was turned round. Over several days by repeatedly applying thin ca glue the cracks were filled (see photo 3) and the final shape was turned. This was the first turning where I mounted the turning blank to a threaded wood block (photo 4). It worked great. It took a lot of hand work to finish the back off the lathe because the platters shape would not hold in my bowl chuck.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 01-15-2018 09:35 PM

I use a Cole jaw at low RPM to finish back side. Works great for sanding and even polishing if so inclined.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-15-2018 10:49 PM

Andre – I agree cole jaws are great when they hold the item. The shape of this platter would not hold in the cole jaws. I need some of those longer rubber holders.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 01-16-2018 01:09 AM

Well worth the effort on this platter. Nice job.

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

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#4 posted 01-16-2018 02:41 AM

Hickory looks great but I have found it a challenge to work with. My experience with hickory has been mainly just small shelves and boxes – can only imagine how hard it would be to turn on a lathe. This looks really nice! What did you use for finish?

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#5 posted 01-16-2018 02:45 AM

Thanks Dave and BB. Finish is walnut oil, wait a few days then used the Beal buffing system that has carnuba wax as last step.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 01-16-2018 05:54 PM

This is a beautiful platter and the wood is wonderful.

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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