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Project by HamTurns posted 1160 days ago 1313 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our local turning club brought Mr. Al Stirt in for a weekend demo and class. I took his full day class and learned the how to make to first of three. These are actually three platters, they’re about 12” 9” and 6” diameter. I’ve got an 18” diameter one on the lathe now to add to the collection.

-- Happily turning on my Robust S16LB "There is no failure except in no longer trying. "





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cranesgonewild

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#1 posted 1160 days ago

These are real eye catching.
What is the black on the platters?
Is it paint, veneer?
Really, really nice. Good job.

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HamTurns

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#2 posted 1160 days ago

The wood is cherry or maple, painted with gesso then carved.

-- Happily turning on my Robust S16LB "There is no failure except in no longer trying. "

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Vince

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#3 posted 1160 days ago

Very nice work, did you use a jig to carve your design?

-- Vince

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choppertoo

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#4 posted 1159 days ago

Very nice. I have a spot at my lake place there would fit very nicely. :) I am curious, what was you process for carving in the design?

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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HamTurns

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#5 posted 1159 days ago

The process for carving the design is to turn the face to final, including sanding. But leave “one more cut” for the bowl portion. You then take it off the lathe and apply two coats of black Gesso, and let that dry. Then you put it back on the lathe and take the final cut of the bowl, which cleans up the gesso on the edge. You also cut that defining ring just outside the bowl at that time.

Then I take it back off the lathe and hold it in a carving jig to mark and carve the pattern. The jig I use fior the design is made from a piece of plastic from a milk jug. I cut a simple “V” pattern, then shift and repeat. I mark it on the gesso with a yellow watercolor pencil, then I follow those lines and carve away the gesso on that line. Repeat, repeat, ect

-- Happily turning on my Robust S16LB "There is no failure except in no longer trying. "

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rayn

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#6 posted 1159 days ago

Very artistic …Great work

-- Ray,Iowa

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#7 posted 1159 days ago

These are very nice platters; you did a great job on them and must have learned a lot.

-- 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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Jon

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#8 posted 1159 days ago

very nice…

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Nathan

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#9 posted 1159 days ago

I like!

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#11 posted 1159 days ago

Nice! I had to look up gesso having never head of it. Wikipedia had the answer I was looking for.
Thanks for sharing the pics and construction details.
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 1158 days ago

very eye catching design..very appealing pattern ..nifty platters

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