I picked up some 19″ Padauk blanks from the great guys over at Got Wood? in South Carolina. I wanted to test the limits of my Robust American Beauty lathe which has a 12″ swing over bed, meaning I can turn up to 24″ diameter pieces and this was the closest to that maximum I could find. Add in that Padauk is stunningly beautiful and easy to work with and I was ready to go.
This was a great project and I have two more blanks like this one to further experiment with. All cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system. Forward chucking was in a Nova Chuck. Sanding was with Gold and Green Wave sanding discs from Packard Woodworks. Final finish is Shellawax.
Update November 21, 2019
I turned another of the 19″ platter blanks today. All production materials and processes were the same. Now I have 2 19″ platters and 1 16″ platter and one more 19″ to go.
Update November 24, 2019
I finished out the last of the 19″ Padauk platters today. I did the reverse yesterday and finished the interior and foot today. All materials, tools, and processes were the same as previous.