Creating a Platter

Green Turning | Platter | Lidded Box

This is how I make a platter using double-sticky tape.

platter1.jpg (17754 bytes) For double-sticky tape to work you need two flat surfaces of dry woods--the face plate and the platter blank. Here, tape is applied to the face plate blank and then centered on the platter blank and pressed for a minute with a clamp.
platter2.jpg (14928 bytes) This picture shows the blank mounted on the lathe and ready to turn.
platter3.jpg (22226 bytes) I first turn the bottom of the platter ensuring that I have FLAT surface in the center that is the size of my face plate blank.
platter4.jpg (22260 bytes) I use a power sander to do the primary sanding before hand sanding to final finish. Here I am doing the underside of the platter flange.
platter5.jpg (19911 bytes) Once the flange back is complete I move to the center of the bottom ensuring that I leave a rim for seating on the table.
platter6.jpg (16500 bytes) A circle is marked to the size of the faceplate before removing from the mounting. Here I am putting tape on the face plate to mount in the circle that I just marked on the platter bottom.
platter7.jpg (21086 bytes) Once remounted, I turn the top of the platter starting at the edge and working toward the center.
platter8.jpg (19012 bytes) This picture shows the use of a clamp to press the taped pieces together.