Serving Platter

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This is a platter I made for this year’s church charity auction. Measures about 24” square and is maple, walnut and cherry (my three favorite woods). Finished with mineral oil. The picture is not the best as I can’t seem to get it to size correctly. But hopefully you get the idea.

Thanks for looking.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 171 days ago

Very nice job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 171 days ago

Betsy, that’s gorgeous! I really like the three dimensional look of the field.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 170 days ago

I’d bid on it. I also want to make some items to raise money for one of our Missions Projects. My skill level just isn’t there yet. I’d love to know the details on how you made this piece, it’s beautiful.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#4 posted 170 days ago

Betsy, looks like you mastered the art. I’ve unfortunately got a big mess
and can’t do any woodwork but as soon as I get things sorted out
I’d like to have a go at items like this – will surely ask for advice ;)

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#5 posted 170 days ago

That is a winner Betsy – it should do well at the Auction. I really thing that your wood combination works well.

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

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#6 posted 170 days ago

Very nice work !

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#7 posted 170 days ago

Looks great. Nice of you to donate your skills.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 170 days ago

Very nice, Betsy! I really like that. I have to do a cutting board for my daughter by this summer, and I can’t decide whether to do it segmented or use some showy solid wood. Yours is an inspiration! Beautiful.


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#9 posted 170 days ago

Thanks all for your very nice comments. Steve I got the pattern somewhere on the web but can’t put my finger on where. I very seldom keep my printouts – I take the directions/dimensions and put them on small 3×5 cards and store those in a recipe box. Lots easier than notebooks.

Here is what I have for the pattern.

each slat starts at 36” long

Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8
Cherry 1/4
Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8
Cherry 1/4
Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8
Cherry 1/4
Maple 1 1/8
Walnut 1 1/8

It’s important to start with one color at end with another color – that’s about the only thing to worry about. if you end and start with the same color you loose a little of the pattern beauty. I stagger my ends when I glue up to minimize waste.

You can cut your strips at several different angles, but I have experimented with 40, 50 and 60 and 60 degrees is by far my favorite when I’m using 1.5” strips. If I go thinner than 1.5 I like the 50 degree cut.

I have a jig cut at 60 degrees that i use on my sled, but lately I’ve just been using my incra miter gauge and it works really well.

To get the 3D effect you flip every other piece END for END. To get a typical chevron look flip every other piece LEFT to RIGHT (or if you are bent that way – RIGHT to LEFT!).

Glue up can be tricky so I try to only glue two pieces at a time. Sometimes it’s easier to do that way so that you don’t let your pieces slip and loose the connection of the chevron edges matching. If you mess up a piece cutting it at the angle, it will show on the final piece – you’ll have a hard time matching the chevrons. Just take your time and realize that this really is a pretty simple board to make – just a touch more time consuming – but not that much.

Give it a try!

Barb – go segmented—- always a winner and comes with those ohs and ahs!

Thanks again for your nice comments.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#10 posted 165 days ago

Very nice platter Betsy.

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#11 posted 163 days ago

Very pretty platter, cool pattern and attractive wood color combo. Great job!

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