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!
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.
|Make a Sushi Plate|
By: James D. Thompson
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.
|Making a Butterfly Platter|
By: James D. Thompson
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.
|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!
|Turning a HUGE Platter / Wall Hanging|
By: Brian MacIvoy
We've all seen these huge platters, that are really wall hangings. But how is it done? Brian McEvoy shows us how he preps the wood, mounts it to his lathe and cuts it!
Now we may not all have wood that size, or the lathe big enough to turn it but there are many good learnings that we can get from this project!
|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.
|Making Wall Hangings and Platters|
By: David Schneider
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.
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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