Love Mahogony but man does it taste bad...

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Project by EyeOfTheJen posted 01-02-2012 03:49 AM 2295 views 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first project off the new lathe. Started with 8/4 Mahogony. Cut two pretty deep channels and steam bent the maple for the rings. The small diamonds are Rosewood and the larger ones are Ebonized Walnut. Was going to make a stand but found this one and think it works perfectly with it. 23’’ diameter
I have a fridge in the shop stocked with a variety of beverages. Some for hydration on hot days, some to toast the completion of a project but mainly for turning mahogony. Getting some dust in your mouth … nothing tastes worse!

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 03:54 AM

Wow, that is impressive. You seem to have gotten that lathe stuff down pat. Well done!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 03:54 AM

Beautiful Platter. I like your inlays. Cheers, Drink up !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 04:30 AM

Very nice. Like the inlays and the smooth curves..

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 04:36 AM

Beautiful piece! Well Done. What finishing process do you use?

-- Mike Sparks - Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 04:56 AM

Stunning piece !
You do beautiful work my friend .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 05:42 AM

Wow Jen
you made a wonderful platter ,really beautiful . A++++

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 06:52 AM

One of the premier finishers in the area kinda of took me under his wing and showed me a few tricks, for some reason he thinks I have talent. He showed me some sanding tricks too. He also taught me to “finish the finish”. For most of my stuff I use Generals Water Base. Depends on the piece if I use satin or gloss. Most of the time it is gloss I bring back down with either Mineral spirits and abralon or wax and 0000 steel wool. On wood I really want to bring out some depth and chatoyancy, I use a sanding sealer first.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 03:33 PM

what attention to detail. great diamonds & to my eye, just a perfect amount of detail. not too much & not too little. Steambent ? eh? interesting idea. Your abilities needed a new lathe, it appears& to get 23 inch platter, it must be a big one! Hope to see more of your creations.

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 05:08 PM

Very nice – you have an excellent eye for detail.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 05:12 PM

what an elegant plate. there aren’t that many turned plates that I’ve seen that come out as nice as this one.

At least you can honestly say that you eat and breath you work… ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 07:58 PM

What a beautiful project to break-in the new lathe on! I’d have to agree with all the positive comments before me. This is a wonderful piece with the right amount of detail, without going overboard. Excellent work!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 08:05 PM

Very nice.
I love the balance that you achieved in the details; the rings, diamonds, grain.

I like it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 01-03-2012 01:15 AM

Beautiful work. The inlays are a great touch.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#14 posted 01-03-2012 03:27 AM

Dang thats a beauty.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#15 posted 01-03-2012 06:52 AM

One day when I grow up I will be able to make phenomenally beautifull things like this platter too!

Cant comment on the mahogany taste but I did manage to spray myself in the face with some laquer recently. According to my wife I could apparantly do with a few more coats.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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