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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 01-24-2018 05:08 PM 403 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PhillipRCW

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01-24-2018 05:08 PM

I am looking into making a few one off plate and serving wear sets this year. I would like to do a few contrasting features like either a painted or charred rim to the plates. Or even a painted outside of the bowl. I would normally finish with a mineral oil/ beeswax blend. But to protect the paint and still leave the plates food safe, what would you recommend? I want these to be used and cleaned a normal basis, so I need something that can stand up. Not opposed to reapplying oil either. The wood will be maple, walnut, and pecan. Might do something different later, but those are the starters.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.


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Aj2

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#1 posted 01-24-2018 06:11 PM

Seriously Philip, a wooden plate for regular use its a dead end road. Even cutting boards and wooden spoons get all funky and fuzzy just after a couple washes. Now I could see it as a decoration for hanging on the wall. Wood salad bowls are we’re it’s at but even those get funky.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 01-24-2018 06:33 PM

Within your parameters I would use a salad bowl finish. Behlen’s and General both make this product. It is a very hard finish and with 4 or 5 coats will stand up to a lot of wear and when the surface starts to look bad you can sand it and apply new layers. I just did that to a 15 year old salad bowl my wife uses at least twice a week and it looks like new.

Regarding the refinishing. I like to turn these using a chuck mount with a dadoed recess that I leave in the finished piece. Then if or when I need to refinish the surface I can mount it back on the lathe using that dado. I usually cut the rim of the dado so the chuck jaws just slips into the groove and leave the center high and decorated with circular beads.

This finish can be hand washed with no problem. One reservation is that sharp utensils will leave marks so it is not a plate you want to serve steak on that needs a sharp knife to cut through and mark the wood.
If you want the wood grain to pop a little more than the salad bowl finish does I would suggest applying a walnut oil first; the heat process type sold in wood working stores not the cooking variety. It will cure in a couple of days and then you can apply the finish. You could also use it by it’s self (at least 3 applications) which I think would be better than mineral oil and wax. A wax could be applied after it has cured if so desired.

-- Les B, Oregon

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PhillipRCW

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 07:47 PM

I thought about using a thin epoxy to coat everything. Definitely wouldn’t plan on using knives on the plates. Just mainly for nice presentation. I’ve seen several restaurants using wooden serving plates and dinner plates. I want to test both wood turned and CNC versions to see if they could be done easily and repeatable on both and which is more cost effective. I like the idea of decorating the bottom and turning the chuck grip into a decoration.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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John Smith

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 08:52 PM

Phillip – since you are doing a “one off” project, why not entertain the thought of a double plate system.
your handcrafted wood bottom plate (Service Plate) will snugly hold a matching porcelain plate (Dinner Plate)
that can be used without any issues.
try to find the matching salad, desert, soup bowls and dinner plates that have the matching bottoms
so they all can be used with the same handcrafted wooden service plate.

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-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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PhillipRCW

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#5 posted 01-24-2018 09:01 PM



Phillip – since you are doing a “one off” project, why not entertain the thought of a double plate system.
your handcrafted wood bottom plate (Service Plate) will snugly hold a matching porcelain plate (Dinner Plate)
that can be eaten out of with no issues.
try to find the matching salad, desert, soup bowls and dinner plates that have the matching bottoms
so they all can be used in the same wooden service plate.

.

.

- John Smith


I like that idea a lot.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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