Bois D'Arc Platters

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These Osage orange platters were from some chunks that have been sitting on my patio for way too long (3-4 years).   I sliced the chunk into ~2" pieces, removing the pith.   I started by mounting etween centers to turn round and add recesses on the bottom for mounting in a chuck for shaping.  After rough shaping, I filled some cracks and voids with mica dyed epoxy and some with tinted CA.  The CA is easier to use in smaller cracks than the epoxy.  The finish is 3 coats of General Finish Wood Bowl finish.  After the final coat cured, I polished it with Acks abrasive paste and Acks finishing wax to take the sheen up a notch.   Yellow Bois d'arc usually will slowly darken with age and UV light exposure to sort of coppery brown.

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Looks great! I like the epoxy repairs. How wide?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

looks great.

I plan to make a few

Petey

Beautiful Nathan! Again, what is the diameter?

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

that osage just glows. well done. whats transloadit ? do you save your pic's to a cloud ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

seems to be a file processing forum for video or images ? if your not using it we may have a visitor here ? notify martin.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

i see it on jims cane project also ? i think weve been hacked ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

i just sent martin a pm ! i guess they figure they can get some free advertising ?

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Gorgeous Nathan.  I love that Bodark color.
Shiny, Nathan!

May you have the day you deserve!

Thanks guys.  One is 9.25" and the other is 8.5".  Would have been a little bigger but there were pretty bad cracks that I had to turn away.     I just wish they would stay this color.  They'll still be pretty when they get more brownish but the yellow really pops.  I am really liking the Acks abrasive paste for polishing finishes.  It helps fix minor flaws in the finish.  I've used it on poly too with similar results. 

It looks like the Martin may have started using the Transloadit API to handle uploading and encoding today.  The watermark might be a setting or due to a trial period or something?  Looks like it started showing up with today's project uploads.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

well i sent him a pm so lets see what he says ? i dont care for it on my pic's ! i think he should have told us this if thats the case ! just courtesy id say ! 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Fabulous, and a great way to get rid of some porch clutter. 
Good looking, well done, great finish.  

Ron

very kewl GR8 JOB 😍😎👍

*TONY ** Reinholds* ALWAYS REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN

Nice work on the platters. With the OO sitting around for 3 years, what is hard to turn?? I had a piece I shaped up in Arizona when I first got it and then tried to finish it a couple year later and I think I need carbide to cut it now. It sure is pretty grain!!! I see you have the Transloadit on all your photos too!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Good looking plates.  How about a service setting for eight?


Les, I actually have one more to make.  They are sort of commission pieces for a friend of my wife and they want 3 items.   I think she is going to give them as gifts to her kids or something like that.  The last blank has more cracks and bug holes to fill so it will either come apart or look really cool after filling all of the voids.   I have a couple more chunks laying around in case it comes apart and have to start over. 

Jim, it wasn't hard to turn and my HSS tools worked just fine but it seemed dustier than I expected.  More of the shaving came off as finer dust instead of ribbons or chips for some reason.   That yellow dust winds up everywhere.   I definitely had to sharpen my tools more often than other woods.    The only carbide tool I used was a shear cutter from Simple Woodturning Tools that was good for cleaning up the bottom without risking a catch and disaster at  the end.  It is different than other carbide tools because it cuts more like like traditional HSS tools and you get fine ribbons as it cuts.    

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Nathan, that is some beautiful work!   I love the warmth of the wood and the filler.....great job!

Mike

Thanks!  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.