Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Scrap wood projects follow up-Fruit platters

Hi Everyone,

Well the weather here has been absolutely gorgeous lately. We've had a lot of rain and everything is blooming and the trees and grass are a deep green. I bet it's greener here than it is in Ireland! What kind of weather is this? Bowl turning weather!!

Ok, here are the finish photographs for some of the fruit platters I've made over the past week:

From left to right are: the yellow pine and mahogany platter, top is white oak, mahogany and black walnut platter, and the one on the right is white oak, black walnut, mahogany, and red oak platter. All of these platters were made from scrap lumber from a cabinet maker's shop who sells it in bulk bundles:

And this is the yellow pine and mahogany platter. I finished this a short while ago. The pine in the platter came from a home improvement store and the mahogany I had in stock:

This last project is very doable in terms of sourcing the lumber needed and the skills and equipment you will need to replicate this platter in your shop. It's inexpensive and it's a great project for those of you who haven't been turning very long and whose skills need honing. If you're careful you can produce a really nice platter or bowl that you'll be really proud of and that makes a really cool gift for someone special. And nothing succeeds like success-if you produce a platter like this, then you have the skill and the tools to produce other things. So go for it.

Ok, I have to get ready for next week's farmer's market. In the mean time I'm going to be getting ready for the long delayed dinning room table re-do with a new plumbing pipe base. So stay tuned, grab some coffee and drop by the wood shop. There's always something interesting going on.

See you soon,

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