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    Serving Platter or ???

    I had this slab of redwood set aside in my drying room for several months and decided to do something with it yesterday.
    I thought it would make a nice serving or display platter. Or.....just a pretty piece of wood.

    The wood is a piece of old redwood root.
    1st photo is just off the drum sander where I sanded it flat and even thickness at 36 grit.



    Next photo sanded at 220 grit. Here the grain and figure start to become visible.



    This photo is at 400 grit. Things are starting to look good.



    Next step I am going to try out Board Smith's suggestion of wet sanding with mineral oil.
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    Is that going up for sale? If so, I'm interested!
    Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhlee View Post
    Is that going up for sale? If so, I'm interested!
    We'll see. I will give you 1st option if it does.
    I am putting a lot of time into it to get it to look just right. If it turns out good, I will put it up for sale. If not, I will be taking it home.

    I just found out that if you walk into a room wearing blue gloves with a bottle of mineral oil in hand,
    ......guys start getting nervous. Clears a room pretty quick.



    Here I applied a liberal coat of mineral oil.



    Using a sanding block with 400 grit sandpaper I am sanding both sides.



    This is rubbing in the oil and sanding for a better finish.

    I will repeat this several times through the day.
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    My cheeseboard? If there's a line forming I want in it.
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    Looks great Mark

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    UPS just dropped these off to distract me.
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    That looks great so far Mark. What's the dimensions?

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    Getting closer. I did 8 coats with oil and sanding and finally wiped off the excess oil.
    There are some minor surface scratches that I will rub out after the surface oil dries.



    Dimensions are about 15" by 11" by 1&1/4" thick.
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    Very nice!!!

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    I think it is finished now.
    After another sanding I did a few applications of Butcher Block conditioner. (a mix of mineral oil, carnuba and bees wax)
    Darkened the slab a bit more and left a satin finish. I don't have any food safe paste wax so it looks like this is how it will stay.
    Still haven't decided whether it will stay with me or go to someone else.
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