Mimosa platter

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Project by Adam Hood posted 08-20-2011 05:35 AM 2504 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the members in the wood turning club I’m a member of brought in a bunch of wood to give away and I was able to get a large log of Mimosa. I have never turned any of it before. I cut a chunk off and turned this platter that measures 9” x 2”. It was a pleasure to turn but definitely must have some kind of respirator. It had me hacking and coughing before I grabbed the respirator. I sanded to 320 and finished with wipe-on poly. Sanded in between the 4 coats with 1,200 grit them buffed with Carnauba wax. Comments and all feedback welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 05:42 AM

Great color and grain, nice work.

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 05:53 AM

This is one Gorgeous platter!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 06:20 AM

Nice job Adam, lovely piece of timber & you have kept it nice & simple, well done

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

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 08:21 AM

Very nice. The finish really came out well.

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#5 posted 08-20-2011 01:39 PM

that’s a very nice bowl

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 08-20-2011 02:47 PM

good job, I have worked with a lot of odd Florida wood but never with mimosa ! Did the reaction you had come from the smell or the dust ” or oils in the wood. What do you think ? Have you ever turned camphor wood ? It should be turned fairly green the first time you try it , to get the full effect of this beautiful wood. It is an experience everyone should try at least once ! I turn,carve,cut and build with it every time I get a chance. I love it and the experience is a pleasant one for me. You can see a few examples of the variation in color and figure that can be found with camphor wood if you look at my projects posted. I think I have several examples in there. Other fine Florida woods are Chinaberry, Sugarberry (sometimes called hackberry) and red heart magnolia just for starters. You probably have access to some florida species in your area that we don’t see up here.
Keep creating as long as you want to !

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#7 posted 08-20-2011 06:26 PM

Thanks everyone.

Porchfish, the Mimosa was gray to turn. A really hard wood. I don’t think its an oily wood. The reaction I had came from the dust. It was similar to the reaction you get from turning Teak. I have done my share of turning Camphor. It has to be my favorite besides Ambrosia Maple. I love turning it green cause you get the great menthol aroma that comes from it. I have a bunch of logs back in the shop right now and just yesterday I cut out a bunch of blanks for angel wing bowls. I will put them up here when I get them finished. I have a few Camphor pieces in my projects. I also have some Chinaberry out there but it is in spindle form. I have turned some spalted Hackberry also.

Thanks for commenting guys.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#8 posted 08-20-2011 10:01 PM

Looks great! makes me think of zebra wood. exotic!

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#9 posted 08-21-2011 03:25 AM

Nice looking platter, Adam.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#10 posted 08-21-2011 05:46 PM

Thanks B13 and Ron.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#11 posted 08-22-2011 08:47 PM

That is a very striking wood. I have never seen anything made of Mimosa.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 08-23-2011 04:40 AM

I hadn’t either..I go to Bradenton with is just north of Sarasota to a guy named Steve (, check his page out. He ships nation wide). He sells all kinds of bowl and spindle blanks of all different kinds of wood and had been wanting to get some Mimosa but never did. When this guy came to the meeting with some I had to jump on it. It turned nicely but must wear a resperator cause its not nice to the throat and sinus.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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