|Project by Big_Bob||posted 12-01-2012 10:53 PM||1196 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
After making my wife a large platter for Christmas my daughters tried to claim it. My problem being that I have two grown daughters and a daughter-in-law. Good thing I had ruffed out three 14 inch platters almost a year-and-a-half ago. As to which daughter gets which platter they are going to pick a number.
I have discovered to key to turning large work is to ruff them out and wait a long time. Good thing I was in Australia for almost a year. It seems that for a 14 inch platter a year-and-a-half is just about right. After ruffing them out, I sealed the back and edges with Anchor Seal to force the wood to dry from the center outward. This seems to be the trick. I used this technique on about eight large turnings and none of them cracked when I finished turned them.
The dark platter is made with Walnut and the two lighter ones are Maple. I textured the edge treatment of the Maple platters with a Sorby texture tool. Finally, they are finished with Butcher Block finish (i.e. mineral oil and wax).
At least we will have peace in the family.
All comments are welcomed
-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker