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I took a class with Ray Key last month and we did platters out of simple poplar for practice. I have not been a big fan of much surface treatment but I liked the platter shape enough that I wanted to do something a little special to the simple wood. It has some grain pattern, but it's very subtle.

I created a simple spiral pattern -- very tiny lines/gaps -- and etched it on the wide rim. I was pleased and surprised to see that it not only dressed the surface but actually enhanced the grain a bit instead if obliterating it. At least that's the way I see it. I think I might be trying this again soon.
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Oh, it's about 8 inches in diameter and les than 2 inches deep. We were on mini lathes for the class.
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very cool, nice work.

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I like it!

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How did you get such uniform distance between the lines? They look a lot better than anything I've ever been able to manage.

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Poplar platter with rim surface treatment

WOW,beautifull work

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Awesome piece

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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This is really nice work -- a very eye-catching piece. As you say, the grooving seems to have enhanced the grain.

Just wondering -- is it a spiral (a single continuous groove that wraps around itself) or are there many concentric rings?

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Well done!

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I took Ray Key's workshop. It was a lot of fun. You did a good job on the platter.
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Wow! Very, very nice!
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Very nice work!
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Very nice platter WT.
I like the edge treatment, subtle yet classy.
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It's very nice -- will you please share a little information as to how you did it?
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Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

The platter was turned by hand; the etching was done with a laser engraver after a few practice runs. That is, a CNC Epilog laser, not a hand tool. I am a member of a local group, TechShopRDU, that lets me schedule time on the machine. It's like a rose engine, but with nearly infinite design possibilities and extremely limited depth options.
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