Turn a Large Platter
In this demo, I will turn a large platter, and will cover the following during the demonstration:
1. Design elements of a well-turned platter, including overall proportions, wood selection, size and shape of foot, width and shape of rim, curve of the interior, ogee curve on the underside of the platter, choices for an attractive foot, and sanding and finishing considerations.
2. The process steps to turn a large platter, including a handout which covers each process step, step-by-step
3. Detailed discussion about tools, both gouges and scrapers, including demonstrations of sharpening each tool, and how the tool is presented to the wood to optimize cutting effectiveness. The demonstration will include an in depth discussion of the two-step turning process, that is, using gouges to remove 99% of the wood, but before any sanding commences, using negative rake scrapers to smooth curves, crisp up transitions, and to remove every vestige of tearout.
4. See attached handouts including process steps to turn a platter, a description of the two-step turning process, and an AAW article on the Two-Step Turning Process.