I thought it would be a great idea to make a platter for holding Advent-Stuff and an Advent Wreath this year.
Step 1: Sand
The piece of choice was a disk from European Oak which has to be sanded.
Step 2: Dish Out the Bowl(ish) Part
Using an angle-grinder I dished out a part of the platter.
Step 3: Clean the Edges
In order to keep the natural edge, I used a round brush in my cordless drill to clean the edge from the soft, almost rotten wood. All bark has been removed by that time.
Step 4: Make the Wreath From a Branch of Birch
I found this split in half branch of Birch in the firewood.
Planing it smooth and drilling some holes makes it into a perfect base for my wreath.
Turning 3 feet and gluing them underneath finished this process. (3 feet keep the thingy from rocking on an uneven surface or after it warped from drying)
Step 5: Finishing the Platter
I added three feet under the platter which has been sanded to 240 grid.
Applying the finish of your choice ends up this step.
Step 6: Decorating
Decorating the Birch beam with some LED Teelight Candles and some turned Snowmen ended up by gluing a couple of Yew 'leaves' to the branch.
Now the Christmas Wreath is finished and you can enjoy the Advent time.