Ash platters

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 01-15-2011 04:22 AM 1298 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently asked to turning 20 platters that were all to be 9.5 inches in diameter. The order requested that all the platters be 9.5 inches in diameter and all were to be footed platters. In addition 10 of the platters had to have an inlay placed on the bottom of the platter. These are the two prototypes for the 20 platters. I used ash blanks that all came from the same tree. All the platter rim bands have chatter work and the bottoms of all the platters have chatter work. I used a Ryobi recipocating carver and wood chisels to carve the feet for the ten platters. Platters were all sanded to 320 grit and for a finish I used a 50/50 mixture of shellac and mineral spirits. Each platter got 4 coats of finish and then were hand buffed. The inlay is meant to be a surprise for the person who picks the platter up to look at the bottom.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 05:32 AM

Jeff: A great looking platter Er brace of platters.

Did you make the inlay or was it supplied. Are all of the inlays the same?

-- 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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#2 posted 01-15-2011 05:42 AM

Thanks Karson. I purchased the inlays at JoAnn’s craft store and they are all identical. This is what was requested – they didn’t want to pay what I would have charged to make the inlays!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 05:47 AM

Great work Jeff, These are very nice!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 06:57 AM

Nice choice of timber for a repeat order, thet look realy good, you shouldn’t have had any problem with the cheque with these platters.
Nice job

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

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 05:33 PM

Very nice platter, 20 thats a nice order. I can’t tell if its the angle of the photo or not but are the platters multicentric? The inlay on the bottom is a great idea.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 06:01 PM

Those came out great Jeff.
The finish is beautiful and the inlay on the underside of the other one is very special.
They came out beautifully.

How about that shop tour now.
You said 1063 days ago you’d put out a complete tour when finished.
You finished yet?


-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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