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!
|Turning a Serving Tray|
By: Brian McEvoy
In this project, Brian shows us how to turns a large 19" yellow cedar serving tray. He also uses pyrography to burn a walrus into the bottom of the tray. This is a beautiful turning and would be nice in anyone's home.
|Turning a Fruit Platter|
By: Alan Cusworth
In this project, Alan shows us how to turn a 12" platter with a thickness of 1 3/4". He provides a lovely edge profile sketch to show us how he turns these fruit platters.
|Cherry Serving Trap|
By: Paul Ross
In this project, Paul shows us how to turn a very large platter which is used as a serving tray. It's an 18" size so it's a very big turning.
|Turning a Platter - A Marriage of Textures|
By: Paul Ross
In this tutorial, Paul shows how to turn a platter and then he embellishes it using colored sand in two turned recesses in the rim. The colored grooves make for a stunning result.
|Producing a Pleasing Platter - The Journey... |
By: Bob Heltman
Funny how one thing leads to another. First came a terrible ice storm this past winter that dropped a BIG maple tree across my driveway. This catastrophe did, however, produce some great turning blanks. When storms don't hurt anybody, they are a woodturner's very good friend, if the truth be known.
By: Dale Nish
In this tutorial, Dale uses line drawing to show the procedure to turn platters. At the bottom of the article he also shows a series of rim designs which will help you to create your own individual look and feel.
|Turning and Detailing Platter Bases|
By: Frank B. Penta
In this detailed tutorial, Frank explains how to select a platter blank, prepare it and then turn it. Then he expands on the important part of this tutorial, the foot of the platter. He shows use how to turn a three-footed base and then goes further by showing us how to turn a multi-axis base. If you're looking to dress up your platters, this tutorial is the perfect answer.
|Turning a Wooden Plate - Beautiful Tableware from Scraps|
By: Alan Lacer
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.
|Turn a Multi-Wood Plate|
By: Sy Plonsky
In this project, Sy explains how to use your scrap pieces of wood to build up a wood blank suitable for turning a plate. It's a wonderful way to use up your collection of odds and ends!
|Turned Lazy Susan Snack Tray |
By: Wood Magazine
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.
|Turned Platter |
By: Wood Magazine
The graceful shallow profile of this 10”-diameter platter makes it the perfect project for showcasing fancy grain. Plan includes source for burl-blank supplier.
|Domed Snack Platter |
By: Wood Magazine
Serve cheese and crackers on this terrific turned tray.
A maple cheeseboard graces the center of this domed mahogany tray, making an ideal service for all kinds of snacks. A knife with a turned bird’seye maple handle completes the set.
|Turning a Square Plate|
By: Bob Hamilton
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!
|Cheese and Cracker Platter|
By: Dennis Daudelin
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.
By: Marty Kaminsky
In this project, Marty reviews all the steps to turning a platter. He also discusses the alternatives in holding the platter while cutting the bottom of the platter.
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Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter Turning Kit
On Sale for only $14.99
List price: $19.99
Cut any pizza quickly and with ease! Robust, well-balanced hardware 3X the weight of competing cutters and a sharp 4" diameter stainless steel blade make this kit a must have for pizza lovers. Simply make your own creative handle (not included) to complete your cutter with personalized flair. Kit includes a 5/16" threaded insert to attach the handle and to remove it for dishwasher cleaning.
Pizza/Pie Slice Server Turning Kit
On Sale for only $12.99
List Price: $17.99
The server makes the perfect companion for our Pizza Cutter Turning Kit (above, sold separately). Made from food-grade 304 stainless steel and attached to the handle (you turn) with an included 1/4-20 threaded insert.
Workbench Casters, 4 Pack
On Sale for only $59.99
List Price: $79.99
This set of four easy-spin 2-3/8" urethane casters feature a foot-activated lift mechanism that engages or disengages with the touch of your toe. Engage them to lift your bench 3/4" off the floor for mobility, disengage them for stability. Each caster is constructed of durable steel and rated for 100 lbs. - that's 400 lbs. of total capacity with the 4-pc. set!
Nova Mini Jaws Package
For only $139.99
List Price: $163.99
Get the complete suite of Nova mini jaws in one cost-saving package! The bundle consists of four sets of jaws: the Nova Mini 20mm Jaws, Nova Mini Spigot Jaws, Nova Mini Step Jaws and Nova 70mm Jaws. All are ideal for use with the Nova Precision Midi Chuck (#47447, sold separately) mounted on a mini or midi lathe. However, they also work on the larger Nova chucks, and with larger lathes.
Dust Right® Dust Separator
On Sale for only $59.99
List Price: $99.99
Turn any shop vacuum with a 2-1/4'' ID outlet into a 2-stage dust and chip separator. When used with most power tools and shop vacuums, the Dust Right® Separator captures sawdust, wood chips, and other debris before it enters your vacuum, preventing the loss of suction power caused by a clogged vacuum filter. The five-caster base makes it exceptionally stable and easy to maneuver around the shop. Plus, hoses connect inside the in/out ports, preventing unintentional disconnections. The Dust Right® Separator creates a cyclonic air flow that causes most wood dust particles and other materials that are heavier than air to separate, preventing them from being passed to the vacuum. The vortex effect that is created prevents the loss of suction caused by prematurely clogged filters
Micro Dust Air Filtration System
On Sale for only $599.99
List Price: $699.99
The PM1250 Air Filtration System employs an electrostatic filter that attracts and removes particles as small as 0.1 micron in size. It cycles the air in a 680 square foot space—the equivalent of an oversized 2-car garage—up to five times in a single hour. When set at the lowest setting, the system is about as quiet as a library, and when on high, it's quieter than normal conversation. Unlike most other air filtration systems, the PM1250 is portable and freestanding, meaning you can carry it to wherever filtration is most needed, then simply set it on the floor or the bench. The angle is adjustable using the knobs on the side of the unit. If you like, it can also be mounted to the wall or ceiling.
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