View Full Version : It pays to mentor - Madrone platter

steven carter
05-06-2008, 9:31 AM
I am mentoring a fellow turner, and while at his house the other day I noticed some wood that he said a friend had given him. There were some pieces that he did not want, so I took them off his hands:rolleyes: One was a piece that said madrone burl, and this is what it turned out to be. I've never turned madrone before, and it seems more like a crotch piece, but still very nice wood. It is 10 1/2 " by 1 1/4". I sanded this one a lot more than usual and wend to 800 grit. Finished in several coast of home brew oil, beall buffed tripoli and white diamond, then renaissance wax.
Thanks for looking - comments/critiques welcome.


Steve Schlumpf
05-06-2008, 11:12 AM
Nice work on the platter Steve! Very pretty wood - grain and color! You're right - it looks more like crotch than burl. Nice work!

robert hainstock
05-06-2008, 11:17 AM
Really nice wood and you've done it justice. Did you mount it on a glued block, and faceplete? Nice work. :):)

Reed Gray
05-06-2008, 12:22 PM
Madrone is my most favorite wood to turn. The color is always some what pink. Definatly some reaction wood in there, these trees never grow straight. It is unusual to get a piece to dry straight. Wonderful smooth even grain.
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Bernie Weishapl
05-06-2008, 12:43 PM
Great looking wood on a great platter. Well done.

Glenn Hodges
05-06-2008, 1:04 PM
Oh what a beauty!

steven carter
05-06-2008, 2:23 PM

The piece was about 2" thick. I mounted between centers, rounded the bottom and turned a tenon. Then I mounted it on the tennon to take out the inside of the platter, then reversed on cole jaws to finish up the bottom.


Harvey M. Taylor
05-06-2008, 2:47 PM
Hi Steve,
I'll bet he thinks twice before he gives away another piece of beautiful wood.You carried it to the finish line in fine style. Max

charlie knighton
05-06-2008, 8:46 PM
very nice...

Dennis Puskar
05-06-2008, 11:02 PM
Very nice platters, nice finish.


Bruce Pennell
05-06-2008, 11:10 PM
It always seems the more you give, the more you receive back. Very nice of you to give of your time and experience. Very nice work and nice wood. Bruce