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Maple, Cherry, Birch, and Walnut Turned Platter (8/2007)

This piece was a lot of fun.  I had some 8/4 maple scraps left over from previous projects, and in an effort to clean out my wood rack a bit I glued some up with a few contrasting woods.  I trimmed it up a bit on the bandsaw, glued it to a wooden faceplate, and proceeded to (surprisingly enough) turn a fairly decent platter.  Since the wood stripes dominate the piece I didn't want to clutter it up with a bunch of fussy beads, coves, or grooves (although I couldn't resist a few on the bottom).  I included an undercut rim on the bowl section and a subtle cove on the rim.  I'm very happy with the result - this might end up as a wall hanging.

Woods are maple, cherry, birch, and walnut.  Diameter is about 17".  Finish is buffed antique oil (which was difficult to photograph due to it's high gloss).

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