Introduction: FOOD PLATTERS (Purple Heart and White Oak)
You can use many different types of wood for this project.
I had scraps of Purple Heart and White Oak left over from another project and they turned out very nicely.
Make your own shaped handle and board for that matter.
2 x Strips of Purple Heart 650mm long, 120mm wide.
1 strip of White Oak, 750 Long, 180mm wide.
Food grade mineral oil
Step 1: Video
Step 2: Assemble Materials
Lay materials out in the order you would like.
In the photos i am making 3 boards in one go.
The White Oak is in the middle, and is longer as it will make the handle part.
Step 3: Glueing and Clamping
Use a food safe glue, PVA or something similar.
Clamp together using sash clamps or what ever you have.
Wipe off any glue that squeezes out with a damp cloth.
I left these platters clamped for 24 hours.
Step 4: Marking and Cutting Handle and Ends
Create a template and mark it on your handle,
Use a square to make sure the ends are even and have 90 degree corners.
Cut using a saw. I used a band saw but you could use a hand saw or mitre saw.
Step 5: Planing
I used a thicknesser to make sure my boards were nice and evenly flat.
This could be done with a hand plane and orbital sander... or whatever you have.
Step 6: Drilling the Handle
I made sure I taped the underside of my drill hole to avoid blowout.
I used a 30mm drill bit.
Step 7: Routing the Edges
I used a round off routing bit to give the edges a nice feel.
I also routed the handle and the hole.
It would be safer to use a routing table but I don't have one!!
You could just do this with sandpaper...it would just take you longer.
Step 8: Sanding
I started sanding using an orbital sander with 100 grit.
I then moved to 240 grit and hand sanded.
You could go to 400 grit and higher if wanted...
Step 9: Cleaning and Oiling
I wiped the boards down with a damp cloth and waited for them to dry.
I then used a food grade mineral oil and oiled them 3 times over a week, allowing each coat to soak in well.