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    Maple Plate this Weekend

    Here's a picture of a maple platter that I made this weekend. It's got a lot of inclusions and strange grain with fungus and other unique characteristics. I really like it! It's about 13" wide.

    It was first time turning something end-grain and I also turned this "out board" (another first for me).

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    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Interesting plate Dawson! Quite the grain configuration and I even see a little curl! Pretty cool! What did you finish it with?

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Interesting piece. See some curl in it. Is that the pith in the middle?
    Bernie W.

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    So far I have just finished with one coat of some "butcher block oil" that I got from a local store. It's a food safe oil finish, but I'm not sure exactly what type of oil it is. I'll probably put another coat or two on it to finish things off.

    Yes Bernie, that is the pith in the middle. Looks like it started to get to that rotten stage, but it isn't soft at all. Must be just before it goes soggy.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    I've only done a few plates or platters, none of them endgrain, that one looks cool!

    Very interesting wood for sure!

    Most "Butcher Block Oil" is just mineral oil, you can usually get a pint of it at the drug store much cheaper!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Thanks for the tip Stuart ... I'll remember that for next time!

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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    That wood is amazing. Nice job.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Dawson, that is amazing. Very nice piece. I really like the looks of it, you did a great job bringing that to fruition.
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Real neat piece there Dawson. That would be a keeper for me. The plate tells a story just like a tree stump.

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