At the Lathe: Serving up Turning on a Platter

This wide, shallow ‘bowl’ is an elegant project with interesting challenges.
By Judy Ditmer
Pages: 90-94

From the December 2006 issue #159
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A platter is a great project for beginners and advanced turners alike. It can be as plain or as fancy as you want to make it. A beginner will want to start with fairly simple shapes and close, even-grained woods. Most of the domestic hardwoods are fine. You can use readily obtainable 8/4, kiln-dried wood. Common domestic species such as maple, ash, oak, cherry and so on can be found in widths suitable for platters. Some burls and exotics are also available in wide pieces. But even plain wood can make a beautiful platter; adding a bit more detail will show off these woods to good effect. For fancier woods, keep the shapes simple. Whatever wood you choose, it should be properly dried, or the platter will warp too much.

From the December 2006 issue #159
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