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Heirloom platters

Last month I saw a Mike Mahoney session on turning heirloom pieces and it gave me an idea for Christmas gifts. I've been turning these platters for a few weekends now with the intent to personalize each of them for family members.

I used an epilog laser to etch the names, weddings and birth dates of family members along the outer rims, which I designed to accommodate the text. The laser etching was tricky, since I really could not afford any mistakes. It took a few tries to locate the true center and check the shape of the perimeter, which had changed a bit for some of the more wet pieces.

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My favorite was this Paduk I did for my sister-in-law's catering business. I love how the curve came out, though the design is definitely more for form than function as the outer rim drops almost as low as the foot/bottom. Here's a shot of the underside as well.

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All need a few more coats of finish, but my holiday turning is done!
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Very nice Norm,
great idea. I remember seeing the epilog laser at a woodworking show in Columbus, Ohio a few years ago. They were burning little miniature handsaws with their company name on each one. Everyone was standing around mesmerized by it, myself included. I did get one of the little saws though.
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Thanks Mike. I don't own it, they run about 40k I'm told. I belong to a local TechShop, a company/co-op that lets you use various high-end tools for a nominal monthly membership fee.
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Those look great. Just makes me wish I got overnight shipping for my lathe. I'm jealous.
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Thanks Mike. I don't own it, they run about 40k I'm told. I belong to a local TechShop, a company/co-op that lets you use various high-end tools for a nominal monthly membership fee.
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That's sounds like a sweet deal.
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Wow beautiful platters. Engraving on them give them that nice touch.

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Thanks for the comments. If anyone is interesting in the etching process, I've written in some detail in this blog post.http://weekendturner.com/2011/12/hei...for-posterity/
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nice work love the etching
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The ambrosia maples are my favorites, nice touch with the etching.

clinton township, mi. without wood their is no woodworking, mill it.
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