Both of these blanks show a good deal of curly figure and that really adds to the attraction of what is otherwise a fairly plain wood. I would very much like to be able to dye a piece of Maple but I have never had good results with that. The dye always goes on in splotches and in fact this is a problem with most any finish on Maple, especially a large piece.
These platters are a soft maple species so they cut easily but not at all cleanly. Fortunately, the wood is so soft that sanding is a breeze but you have to be very careful in handling these platters as you can dent or scratch them with just a fingernail.
Platter number one is 12.5″ diameter and platter number two is 17.5″ diameter.
What may, or may not, be obvious is that these platters are both raw unfinished wood. I’ve had nothing but trouble getting a decent finish on Maple, especially on large pieces that I have chosen to not finish these platters with a friction finish but instead I will travel with them to my Dad’s shop in the hope of shooting them both with a lacquer which seems to be about the only finish that looks decent on Maple.
I am pleased so far with the outcome and we shall see soon how they look with a fresh coat of finish.
All cuts were made using the Easy Wood Tool system on my Robust American Beauty lathe. Forward chucking was in a Nova Chuck, while reverse chucking was done using a Easy Wood Tools Easy Chuck with Big Easy Jaws and Extension. Sanding was with Gold and Green Wave sanding discs from Packard Woodworks.
As always, I wish all my readers a great experience in whatever your wood working interests happen to be and to those who like working with lathes especially, do a good turn today!