Large Platter

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Project by LesB posted 05-10-2011 06:45 PM 1732 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my largest bowl/platter to date. It is cross section of crotch wood from a Big Leaf Maple.
It started as a 19.5” blank and ended up 18.5” in diameter by about 2.75” deep. It is finished with several coats of General’s salad bowl finish. I showed the bottom to display how I leave the recess made for the chuck and decorate it with some beads. I prefer this technique over using a spigot that has to be removed .
A friend got the other larger half of the cross section (it was his tree) and is still waiting for it to dry. The crotch grain should be even more outstanding on that piece.
My wife really enjoys these large platter type bowls because she says when she makes a salad in them the heavier ingredients don’t settle to the bottom out of sight. They also double as serving trays.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 07:07 PM

Thats a beauty! I do nice big ones too the last few had larvae infestation. A very well known turner in this region turned the raw wood planks down. I bought the wood and the results please me very much yours is awesome keep em coming. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 07:57 PM

Pretty wood, and pleasant shape, what more can a person ask for :) good job!

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#3 posted 05-11-2011 03:08 AM

that is a beautiful piece of wood!

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#4 posted 05-11-2011 04:05 AM

very nice Les! I did a similar sized platter out of crotch maple

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 05-11-2011 05:54 AM

like the platter. georgeous piece ow wood!. did you use dovetail jaws on the back to turn it?? thanks

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 05-11-2011 07:00 AM

nice color and work. neat

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 05-11-2011 03:18 PM

very beautiful.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#8 posted 05-12-2011 01:34 PM

Beautiful work!

-- christopheralan

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