The Mama san at the sushi shop that I deliver to uses this battered old tray to bring hot green tea to the customers. It is store bought and most likely turned in Asia somewhere. It is made out of three pieces of wood, and they were glued together in such a way as the grain did not even sort of run in similar directions, thus, over the years the tray is no longer flat, and it has several crack in it. The rim is broken in several spots too, as it was very thin and delicate.
She is a very nice lady, always giving me or my daughters little presents of some kind. I saw that tray again just before new years and I know that until it is completely destroyed that she will not buy a new one, so I decided to make her a new one........
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Another nice looking piece of that Evil Keyaki wood
The platter is about 10"/25cm in diameter and about 5/8" tall, thin, but not too thin, and the edge should hold up to some abuse.
The hardest part of doing this platter was getting the inside surface flat, it was a challenge to say the least. Using the Easy Wood Tools Ci0 tool really helped with the final cuts on this and then the regular ROS with the #80 grit on it also came in handy The bottom is slightly recessed so that outer ring of the platter sits on the counter or table. I finished it with two coats of the Formby's Tung Oil, and knocked down any sheen with some 00 steel wool, but I am considering putting a couple of coats of poly on it, as it will see daily use and abuse, hot cups of green tea. I don't want the poly to make it look like plastic, but maybe that is something I'll just have to acceptor maybe I'll apply 2 or 3 more coats of the Formby's Tung oil
Anyway, nice way to spend part of the day off I had on the 2nd, and get some turning done.