Plates and platters are very similar wood turnings. They use the same type of workholding and are turned in the same manner as each other. Sometimes I think that size is the difference but that's not always true. So, I think that it's going to be up to you to decide.
I've seen lovely dinner plates, chargers, church collection plates, serving plates all the way up to huge wall platters. The range of items that you can make that would fall into this category is rather large! If you've not made one yet, you have lots of projects here to help you get started!
In this photo tutorial, Alan Lacer shows us how to turn a wood plate. He covers the details of making a nice rim and uses an interesting work holding technique of double sided tape on this faceplate to hold the blank for its finish turning.
In this photo tutorial, James shows us how he makes a sushi plate. He starts with a 6 inch square piece of lumber that is 3/4" to 1" thick. His photo's allow you to follow each step in the process. This is an excellent tutorial to learn how to turn thin pieces of lumber.
In this photo tutorial, James shows us how he embellishes a plate/platter with rim decorations and a wood burned butterfly in the center. He makes 5 different versions to give us a wide range of techniques that we can apply to our wood turnings to really dress them up.
This project is good for both beginners and those much more experienced as it's not about turning the platter itself, it's about the decoration of the platter.
In this video, a small rectangle piece of maple is turned into a very unique bowl. Since the outer shape is rectangular and not round, there is a lot of turning "air". This is a great demo to see how to approach the work piece with your tool.
If you're looking for something new and unique, this might be the project for you!
Though it brings to mind extraterrestrial objects, our turned lazy Susan boasts down-to-earth practicality. At any gathering, you only have to fill the four compartments with snacks, and this beauty becomes the center of the universe.
In this DVD, Neil demonstrates how to turn and carve the platter on the front cover using standard turning and carving tools. Neil shares his source of inspiration for his work, the design and turning process along with carving, sanding and finishing.
In this wonderful multi-page photo tutorial, Bob shows us how he turns a square plate. His close-up photography and detailed descriptions of how he holds the wood on the lathe really make this project easy to understand!
In this multi-page photo tutorial, Dennis shows us how he makes a cheese and cracker platter using a marble tile as the cutting board. He shows us the work holding, the turned recess for the tile and then how he shapes both the inside and outside of the platter.
The close-up photo's should help make this project easy and even suitable for beginners.
In this project, David goes through all the steps to turn a large wall hanging. He reviews many of the things that need to be considered before starting a project like this. This is a great primer for turning of large pieces.
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Turning a Baseball and Stand
Turning and Threading an Acorn Box
Making a Rattlesnake Skin Pen Blank
Making and Sizing a Funeral Urn
A Turner's Pocket Knife
Gold Leaf Restoration
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