Norfolk Island Pine Platter

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Project by Adam Hood posted 01-25-2012 05:39 AM 2074 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fellow wood turning club member that keeps me stocked on native Florida woods has a bunch of this Norfolk Island Pine at his house and brought me some smaller logs (that would fit on my Jet 10×14 mini lathe). I have heard that this tree doesn’t grow much more north than where I am (central Fl between Tampa & Orlando).

The knots are from the branches that grow out from around the tree. It’s pretty when its finished but it’s a pain getting it there. All end grain turning and A LOT of power sanding while still on the lathe. I tried to get the platter where the you could see the knots from the top and bottom side of the platter.

The finish is 4 coats of spar urethane with a scuff sanding with 320 in between coats and a scuff sanding before buffing. Platter’s measurements are 7 1/2”x5”. Please comment, good and bad. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 05:43 AM

This is beautiful ,wonderful platter Adam.

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 05:59 AM

Thanks Jim

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

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 06:03 AM

Hey saw both your projects and both are great. Makes me want to get a lathe, but it is cold on the roof and no room in shop. Keep turning..

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 06:10 AM

Thanks Bob. When you say no room in the shop, I bet you can find 5 feet by 5 feet if you wanted. My area of the shop is about 5×5..maybe a tad bit bigger. A little mini lathe don’t take much room, its just all the other stuff you squire along with the lather that takes up the space.

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

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 12:34 PM

Now that is some great wood and nice bowl!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 03:39 PM

that grain pattern is amazing. you couldn’t paint anything that nice. awesome bowl/platter

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

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 04:21 PM

That end grain is fun to turn, and when you add the knots and everything it really does a number on you.
Was this wood dry when you got it, or did you have to dry it slowly to keep it from splitting? Thank you
for sharing and keep turning.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 05:19 PM

Nice job and beautiful texture of the wood.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#9 posted 01-25-2012 08:55 PM

Very nice. Picture 3 looks like it has eyes and is peeking at me.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 03:48 AM

I really need to start turing!

-- In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act -George Orwell

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#11 posted 01-27-2012 12:36 AM

this pine sure has a great look. thanks for sharing

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#12 posted 01-27-2012 02:30 AM

I was scrolling down the page when i saw this, and the 1st thing that popped into my head was “Holy cow its some type of sand dollar!” Very cool looking, thanks for sharing this!

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#13 posted 02-02-2012 01:48 PM

Very, Very nice Adam!! Beautiful wood and Great workmanship…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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