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Thread: Quilted Birdseye Platter

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan

    Quilted Birdseye Platter

    At our last turner’s meeting I picked up a couple slabs of beautiful quilted birdseye maple to see what I could turn out of them. Our meetings are held at Bell Forest Products in Ishpeming, MI and I always rummage through the cutoffs for unique pieces to turn. They are a great source for wood, especially curly and birdseye. You can check them out:

    Quilted birdseye platter, 12 ¾” long x 8 ¼” wide x 1 ¾” high at the corners. Sanded to 320 grit and only one coat of Minwax Wipe-On Gloss Poly. I will apply several coats to build up the gloss but wanted to take some photos where you could see the wood without having to fight the glare. Wish the quilting would have stood out more...

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    As always, your comments, critiques and opinions are welcome!

    Thanks for looking!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Steve, couldn't you get it any thinner?

    Wow, that is a beautiful platter. Looking forward to see that birdseye jump out of the screen with more poly on it. Well Done.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Xenia, Ohio

    That is an awesome piece! Very inspiring, makes me think I might maybe want to try something like that is a smaller form. Someday...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Great job, Steve. That's some real pretty wood, too.
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  5. #5
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Wonderful job Steve.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    That's really nice! Almost makes me wish I did more of the spinny thing.


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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Alexandria, Virginia
    Beautiful wood nicely turned Steve. Interesting that some would pass that block of wood by for being too "thin".

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Mason Michigan
    Wow Steve!

    Another amazing piece! Your neighbor is coming down this week, I think you should hide in the trunk.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Beautiful Steve.
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  10. #10
    Beautiful work, Steve. I really like the subtle curve of it when its laying flat. Also, it may be the photo,but it looks like you've left a little bow in the piece that may have been from the piece being warped??>? If so, I really like it; it makes you keep looking at it for sure. Exceptional piece.

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