Three-Tier Platter

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Dress up a table to serve in style 

There’s something about a beautifully designed three-tiered serving platter that’s classy, timeless, and certain to impress guests. In addition to its stacking functionality, it looks great as a dinner table or side table centerpiece, and serves for ideal presentation of desserts, chocolates, fruit, and other goodies. For that matter, it’s a wonderful platform to array flowers or small decorative items. Or, when not in play on the dinner table, use it in the kitchen to gain back some valuable countertop real estate. This is a great housewarming present, wedding gift, or simply a wonderful way to thank your favorite cook. 

An enjoyable turning project, this platter doesn’t require any specialized equipment beyond a big enough lathe—just standard turning tools and a lathe-mounted drill chuck. As for size, shape, and material, you have a lot of design leeway. Make the platters larger or smaller to suit your taste and needs; just be sure the base is wide enough to provide good support. I’ll show you how I turned this specific post shape, but amend it as you like. 

I’ll begin by walking you through the steps involved in making one plate. You can then use those techniques to turn the other plates, which are identical except for scale. Same for the different-sized posts that share a basic shape, with just a few differences which I’ll address. As for woods, the only important consideration is to use dry, stable wood for the platters to prevent warping. Other than that, have fun making this your own!

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