Figured Claro Walnut Platters

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Project by MonteCristo posted 10-14-2012 10:16 PM 1800 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have quite a few Claro Walnut boards that aren’t good enough for use in (large) furniture pieces. One way I have found to make good use of them is in making platters. These two have some nice figure, something that shows up in Claro more often than the more commonly used Black Walnut. The first one is 13.5” in diameter. The second is about 11”.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 10:24 PM

That’s some pretty gorgeous Wood. Nice job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-14-2012 10:30 PM

WOW that’s amazing such a fantastic piece of Claro and a outstanding job of making this platter.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 10:41 PM

Those have figure and shape !!!!!!!!!!!
Love the project .
What is the finish ?

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 10-14-2012 10:48 PM

Lovely figure in these ones. Dwight.
I have one quite similar that a friend recently gave me. :-)

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 11:06 PM

That is beautiful. It looks like dish of fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 11:14 PM

Very nice, quite beautiful. For us amateurs, can you reveal the process for making these? The lathe work to create such a thin piece must be tricky.

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 11:18 PM

Nice turnings and gorgeous Walnut : )

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#8 posted 10-15-2012 09:34 AM

ooohh pretty that you let the wood talk

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#9 posted 10-15-2012 10:25 PM

Wish I could find some nice walnut like that. Beautiful platters.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 10-15-2012 10:31 PM

Kiefer – the finish is just Lee Valley’s pure tung oil

Oldtool – You could turn something this thin with a flat bottom without a vacuum chuck but having one makes it a lot easier. I had Oneway’s vacuum system for quite a while before I finally hooked it up and have been annoyed at myself for taking so long to do so. It added a chunk to the cost of an already expensive lathe but Oneway is great, IMO the best widely available (but then they are Canadian too . . .). Without vacuum you’d have to stick a scrap disc on it to hold it on the lathe – turning a nice bottom would require doing so twice. Double sided tape might work (so you don’t mess up the one finished side) but I have never tried it.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#11 posted 10-17-2012 10:20 AM

Very pretty looking platters there…..

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#12 posted 10-19-2012 02:37 AM

Hi Dwight: It was great to meet you and your wife while visiting with Paul at his shop … and a lovely surprise to receive one of your beautifully turned platters! The grain pattern in Claro Walnut is something to behold. Many thanks!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#13 posted 10-19-2012 02:51 AM


That’s a wonderful use for the smaller pieces of Claro. The trays are beautiful!


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#14 posted 01-09-2013 07:18 PM

That is some beautiful wood and very good use of it my friend I love the curly stuff

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#15 posted 01-25-2013 12:08 AM

I love the figure in this. Nice job.

-- Tim S, WA

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