Holiday platter

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Project by schwingding posted 12-13-2007 05:55 PM 1677 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it is the holiday season, so I thought I’d post my holiday platter.

To think that there was a time when I was totally against using color in woodwork! I eschewed use of coloring agents as I thought it was heresy to color something as pretty as a piece of wood. As you can see, I got over it.

This is a 14” platter/shallow bowl made form big leaf maple burl. After it was turned and sanded I airbrushed a transparent red over the surface until I was satisfied with the color. Then it was sealed with several coats of lacquer, then the gold was added by brushing a “gilt varnish” where you see the gold color. I needed several coats of lacquer before the gilt so I could resand the edges clean without removing the red where the gilt cross into the red here and there as my brush skills aren’t that great. Thereafter this received many, maybe 15 coats of a water based lacquer, then was hand sanded and buffed on wheels to the resulting high gloss.

This platter won the American Association of Woodturners first national platter turning contest.

What I think I like most about it is that the maple burl behind the color looks like marble. My wife wanted this really badly, but I took it to the AAW convention in Kansas City, told her I sold it, but secretly kept it and wrapped it up for a surprise Christmas gift.

-- Just another woodworker

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 12-13-2007 06:21 PM

Red painted Maple burl. That took some guts! Great job.

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#2 posted 12-13-2007 07:01 PM

see??? Painting isn’t evil. This is gorgeous.

As I’m reading it (well, first of all—15 coats?? !!! WOW) and then my heart stopped when you said that you sold it after your wife said she wanted it.. Be still my heart..
And then.. you conniving soul, you…. haha she will be the one with heart palpitations when she opens her present. Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 12-13-2007 07:31 PM

Beautiful platter.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#4 posted 12-13-2007 07:45 PM

Another beautiful project, schwingy.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 12-13-2007 07:52 PM

You are kicking things here up a notch. Thanks for doing it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-13-2007 10:49 PM

Another outstanding piece Schwing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 12-14-2007 05:38 AM

That is one great looking turning!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 12-14-2007 06:03 AM

A great turning. Someone want to turn a 36” round maple burl it’s about 1 1/4” thick.

-- 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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#9 posted 12-14-2007 03:31 PM

Thanks for the nice words folks. Dennis, you’d be amazed what you’ll do with maple burl when you buy 1000 pounds at a time.

-- Just another woodworker

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#10 posted 12-15-2007 04:28 AM

Beautiful job Schwinding

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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dennis mitchell

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#11 posted 12-18-2007 05:27 AM

1000…..pounds……a…time! I get weak in the knees getting 500 brd ft of Alder. 1000 pounds of Maple burl would just put me in intensive care!

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#12 posted 07-09-2008 03:32 AM

Absoutely gorgeous. I know what you mean about coloring wood. I have had several projects that I intended on coloring, only to chicken out after seeing the beauty of the raw wood. This project inspires me to step out of my comfort zone. Thank you.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 01-02-2017 01:12 AM

Wow, beautiful plate. I’m going to try your oil/shellac/Armor seal finish on a Leopardwood project. Thank you!

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