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A little different platter
Feb 4th, 2013 at 6:17pm
 
Maple platter with a detached (floating, negative space, ?) walnut rim.  Rim is attached by 12 dovetail splines.  Platter is 13.5 inches in diameter.  No finish at this time.  I still have some hand sanding on the walnut rim.  Any possibilities here?
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Re: A little different platter
Reply #1 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 6:21pm
 
I like it. That is a nifty idea that I'd never be able to pull off.
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Reply #2 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 6:43pm
 
Great job.  Please post with finish too!
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Reply #3 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 7:04pm
 
I think this is an absolute winner.  Great work, great idea.

I would do two things with your next one (I hope there is a next one).

1/ use another contrasting timber for the splines.  They look great against the lighter timber but are a little lost on the same coloured timber.
2/ The step in the rim is not needed.  It confuses what you are doing with the splines. It looks as though there is another join in the wood/rim other than those created by the splines.

I would love to see another.  I reckon you're onto a good thing here.
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Reply #4 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 7:11pm
 

Great piece, I look forward to seeing it with the finish. smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #5 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 7:12pm
 
Roger,  That is very cool.  Nicely done.

I am not sure I agree with Brendan about the step in the rim, but I see his point! Hmm I will have to think about that.

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Reply #6 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 7:46pm
 
Brendan Stemp wrote on Feb 4th, 2013 at 7:04pm:
I think this is an absolute winner.  Great work, great idea.

I would do two things with your next one (I hope there is a next one).

1/ use another contrasting timber for the splines.  They look great against the lighter timber but are a little lost on the same coloured timber.
2/ The step in the rim is not needed.  It confuses what you are doing with the splines. It looks as though there is another join in the wood/rim other than those created by the splines.

I would love to see another.  I reckon you're onto a good thing here.


Brendan,  Thanks for the feedback.  I struggled with both issues.  I thought about cherry for the splines, but did not want to introduce a third color.

I started removing the step out of the rim, but decided that it looked good with the step. 

There will be others.  Probably the same wood for the rim with a contrasting color for the splines.  I thought about doing one and leaving the splines a little proud.  May do one and not glue the splines.  This would allow pushing the splines out into the rim and removing the rim.
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Reply #7 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 7:46pm
 
Awesome job. Wouldn't change anything on that one.

How about if the splines started in the center and radiated out. Each would be a wedge that was maybe twice the width of the "spoke" that holds the rim. Think arrowhead and a bit of the arrow shaft that would then hold the rim. Alternate the wedges dark and light till you have your circle but the spline wedges would be narrower.

Hope that ramble made sense. But believe me it looks good in my head  smiley=thumbsup.gif
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Reply #8 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 8:05pm
 
Very unique!  You did a good job on it.  I look forward to seeing the finished piece.
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Reply #9 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 8:16pm
 
Tommy Ellis wrote on Feb 4th, 2013 at 7:46pm:
Awesome job. Wouldn't change anything on that one.

How about if the splines started in the center and radiated out. Each would be a wedge that was maybe twice the width of the "spoke" that holds the rim. Think arrowhead and a bit of the arrow shaft that would then hold the rim. Alternate the wedges dark and light till you have your circle but the spline wedges would be narrower.

Hope that ramble made sense. But believe me it looks good in my head  smiley=thumbsup.gif


Thanks for the suggestion.  I will have to think about that.  I think it would be a nightmare to cut,fill and glue.
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Reply #10 - Feb 4th, 2013 at 9:22pm
 
Fantastic ingenuity, I like the presentation. I have to agree with others posts that spline wood that could contrast with both bowl and rim may really make it pop.
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Reply #11 - Feb 5th, 2013 at 5:51am
 
Grin Grin Yes it would be a pain that is why I suggested you do it not me  Roll Eyes. A really cool design on this one can't wait to see what else you come up with.
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Reply #12 - Feb 5th, 2013 at 9:57am
 
Very good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Smiley

Can you describe how you made it, or is that a trade secret? Smiley

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Reply #13 - Feb 5th, 2013 at 10:01am
 
Dan Jechura wrote on Feb 5th, 2013 at 9:57am:
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Re: A little different platter
Reply #14 - Feb 5th, 2013 at 10:11am
 
Roger, I really like the floating rim on this and now for the but.
This type of construction is usually done with segments to achieve better grain alignment.
In the first photo you have long grain to long grain at 3 and 9 o'clock and cross grain at 6 and 12 o'clock, which by itself is not that big of a deal but does have the potential to crack in those areas. Even if it does not crack, you may notice a change in the joint, a slight bump or depression due to changes in climate.
I like the piece, I only mention these things as a caution or warning.
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