Curly Walnut Platter
First of all I would like to thank the people in the turning forum who helped me by providing some much needed knowledge and tips of how to turn this platter without injuring myself.
So I recently bought some Curly Walnut from a guy on Craigslist for a summertime project, but after seeing how striking the grain was I just couldn't wait to use it. For this platter I used a 20" long end piece of a board about 6” wide x 1” thick. I cut it crossgrain into 16-ea tapered wedges so I could glue them up and make a segmented platter for decoration, not for everyday use. I cut each of the long edges of the tapered pieces on a 4 degree bevel to help form the cone shape of the platter and by doing this I was able to get some depth to the piece without using a lot of material. Once all the 16 sections were glued up I leveled off the bottom and glued a smaller 7/16” thick flat base to the underside for the traditional stand.
It ended up about 10-1/2" in diameter. I sanded it out to 400 grit and finished it with two coats Danish Oil.
You'll never make yourself taller by standing on another mans shoulders.