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Thread: Finally got back to the Lathe! First Platters

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Tacoma, WA

    Finally got back to the Lathe! First Platters

    Well after my mom got the peppermill for christmas she requested a platter or two. I finally got to the lathe last week and turned a practice one from poplar. Good thing I made a practice one just as I was touching up the bottom I thought to myself that the nub was getting awfully small, and just as I thought that, it broke and the platter got caught on the chuck and tailcenter. I then chucked a piece of Maple burl I had and turned a second platter for her. I think it turned out great, sanded to 600 with danish oil, then buffed. I figured I might as well go ahead and finish the poplar one as well, just has a couple of war wounds. They are both 12" diameter, the poplar is 1 1/4" tall and the maple is 1" tall.

    Please let me know what you think.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    The war wounds in the poplar aren't very visible from what I see, and the maple burl platter is gorgeous. Great stuff, Keith.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Orem, Utah
    Very nice; love the flow of the curves.

    I didn't realize that poplar can have such a brown tone; it looks almost like semi-transparent walnut.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Well you certainly have not lost your touch!

    The war wound on the popular is on the bottom, from what I can see, so what they heck, most likely only other turnes will notice

    The Maple Burl is fantastic!!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Central (upstate) NY
    I agree, that maple burl is beautiful! Are you complaining about that thing that looks like a beetle larva home on the bottom of the poplar?

    Also, if you made the poplar first, why is it labeled "#108" and then maple "#107"? Have decided to only turn so many objects in an attempt to increase demand for your work and soon you'll be all done turning and ship your lathe to Larry?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Both platters are very nice. Maple burl looks gorgeous.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Tampa & NC

    Finally got back to the lathe!first platters

    WTG there Kieth,some very beautifull work there.Now that your back,keep em coming

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Kirkintilloch, Scotland.
    Platters look great Keith the maple burl looks really good
    "Every day's a school day"

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well you turners are sure making great use of the purty wood latly.. that maple burl is definatly top rate...the popular with its story is a real close second. nice work.
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Kea'au Hawaii. Just down the road from Hilo town!
    I know it's wrong but I like the looks of the poplar! Such a simple elegance to the shape and grain. Both are beautiful though.

    After reading a lot of posts by Larry, it almost sounds like he's weakening to the idea of crossing over to the spinny side!! Is there any wagering that he'll come home from the road trip with a new tool???

    What goes around, comes around.

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