Chip and Dip Platter From an Old Chair!




Introduction: Chip and Dip Platter From an Old Chair!

About: I'm a woodworker/DIY'er. Almost all of my projects are made using reclaimed materials, which is my contribution to caring for the environment. You may also find some cooking and painting videos as well.

Using the wood from an old chair I rescued from a dumpster I made this Chip and Dip Platter. In this Instructable I'll outline the steps to making this platter. Please view the imbedded video in this Instructable and watch it being made. Only experienced wood turners should attempt this project.

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Step 1: Chip and Dip From an Old Chair

Step 2: Supplies and Equipment

Equipment and Supplies that I used for this project*


Thickness planar

Table Saw




Wood Glue



Forstner Bit

Wax Paper (optional)


Wood Turning Chisels

Crushed Stone and CA Glue (optional)

Sand Paper

Mineral Oil

Danish Oil

2 Part Epoxy

*Since I use reclaimed materials in my projects the equipment and supplies listed above is necessary. Using presized bowl blanks will reduce the time, steps, supplies and equipment needed for this project.

Step 3: Preparing the Wood

First, using my jigsaw I cut up the chair frame. Then I ran the pieces through the thickness planar to clean up the wood and get it to the appropriate thickness.

Step 4: Assembling the Wood

Once I got the wood to the thickness and length I wanted I glued them together into three solid boards or blanks. When doing the glue up it is important to make sure your planks are as flat as possible with no gaps between them. I cover the boards with wax paper to stop the glue from drying on the clamps.

Step 5: Preparing the Boards for the Lathe

I let the glue dry for at least 24 hours. To avoid risk of injury, it is important the glue is completely dry before turning the wood on the lathe. Glued segmented wood that hasn't dried completely can separate on the lathe and cause severe injury.

Once the glue has dried I scraped off as much of the dried glue as possible. Then I ran the blanks through the thickness planar to further clean them up. Sanding is not necessary at this point, sanding will be done towards the end of the project on the lathe. Once the blanks are run through the thickness planar, using a table saw cut the boards into squares.

The 4 blanks in this project measured:

Lid: 6" x 6" x 1 1/2"

Base: 6" x 6" x 3"

Platter: 12" x 12"x 1 1/2"

Knob 2" x 2" x 3"

Step 6: Preparing the Wood Blanks for the Lathe

Using a compass I drew the largest circle possible in each blank and cut the circle out on the bandsaw. If you don't have a bandsaw a jigsaw can also be used.

I then used a drill with a forstner bit and drilled a recess 1/4" to 3/8" deep. This recess will allow me to mount the blank on the lathe. The proper recess for mounting a blank on your chuck is a dovetail recess because it has an undercut edge to accept the jaws of the chuck.

The diameter of the recess you will need to mount the blank will depend on the jaws you have on your chuck.

Step 7: Creating the Lid

I mounted the 6" x 6" x 1 1/2" blank on the lathe and created a dovetail recess on the face of the blank. I then flipped the blank over and mounted it back on the chuck. Now the blank is more securely mounted with the use of the undercut edge.

I then shaped the top of the lid. I carved out a channel on the top of the lid for some stone inlay. Once I was happy with the shape of the top of the lid, I converted the original recess made with the forstner bit into a dovetail recess. Then I flipped the lid over and mounted it on the chuck to shape the inside or bottom portion of the lid.

Once I was happy with the shape of the bottom portion of the lid I added the stone inlay with CA glue. When the glue dried, I remounted the lid on the lathe and did the final sanding.

Then I made a knob for the lid using some of the same wood. This blank measured 2" x 2" x 3". I also carved a channel on the top of the knob for some stone inlay. On the bottom of the knob I made a spigot that will fit in the dovetail recess on the top of lid.

Using 2 part epoxy I glued the knob to the lid.

Step 8: Creating the Platter and Base

I mounted the 12" x 12" x 1 1/2" blank on the lathe and repeated the same process of creating the dovetail recesses as I did when I made the lid. I shaped the platter to my liking, the top of the platter has a recess in the center to house the glass bowl and the bottom of the platter has a recess to use when attaching the base.

I then mounted the 6" x 6" x 3" blank on the lathe and shaped the base. I made a spigot on the top of the base to be used to securely attach the base to the bottom of the platter. Using 2 part epoxy I attached the platter to the base.

Step 9: Sanding and Finishing

I sanded this project up to 800 grit. For the finish, I used Danish Oil on all areas that will not come in contact with food and Mineral Oil for the areas that will come in contact with food to keep this a food safe item.

And now you are done. This can be used as a chip and dip, cheese and crackers or whatever foods you care to serve.

I hope you found this Instructable helpful, please feel free to make any comments or ask any questions you may have. Please watch the YouTube video on this project and feel free to subscribe to my channel if you want to see more trash to treasure projects.

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    3 years ago

    Very Cool Buddy. It's good to see you here :) I added you to my Follow list as well Good Luck Lou... I can't see the vote button

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Ok Mate all sorted and Voted ....Good Luck


    3 years ago

    Always nice to use discarded wood for new things. I've done that a lot of time and I like everything that the old wood was made in to. You did a very nice turning.


    3 years ago

    Very creative use of a old chair. Great job.


    3 years ago