Nothing special, just a plate, but look at that curl!

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Project by jeepturner posted 1072 days ago 1163 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a blank just to turn something, on a weekend when I didn’t have to work. The plate isn’t much, and normally I wouldn’t even post it, but the curl is impressive. The blank was wormy, holy and punky, but the plate turned out all right.
The pictures were taken with my phone camera.
The wood is maple, probably big leaf maple, it grows all over around here. The finish is several coats of water based poly, and then a carnauba wax.

-- Mel,

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#1 posted 1072 days ago

Phenomenal grain.. Impressive.. for just a plate..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 1072 days ago

Beautiful plate and awesome grain pattern!!!!!!!!! Was it green when you turned it?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 1072 days ago

A pleasure to turn Mel when you see a grain like that unfold before your eyes, looks like you got a nice flat botom on it as well. nice job :)

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

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#4 posted 1072 days ago

Reminds me a little of “Mr. Bill” with the round eyes and mouth.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#5 posted 1072 days ago

beautiful, without a doubt

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 1072 days ago

Isn’t it great when a relaxing day at the lathe turns out something that looks so good, makes you think
that all that time spent playing in the shop is worth it. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 1071 days ago

Thanks for all your kind comments.
Jim, this was far from green. I looked as if had air dried out in the weather. A third of it is slightly darker as if left in wood pile. There are worm holes suggesting some time on the ground. There is also a check and some spalting.

This plate also had an “accident” when it left the lathe earlier than planned. There is no raised rim on the bottom to rest on, so it may not sit flat on a surface for long. It should hold shape, because it was dry when turned, but it may bow a little at some point.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 1071 days ago

Beautiful grain! How lucky you are. It made a very fine plate, well worth posting!


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#9 posted 1071 days ago

This is a beautiful plate, great form and finish….. But the Grain is outstanding!!

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 1071 days ago

That is one beautiful plate, I’m impressed so crisp and thin.
I would not even have the currage to try!
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 1070 days ago

Phenominal piece of maple and the form really sets off the grain nicely. Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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