Richard Makes a Platter

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Once the platter is turned the body of the platter is checked for flatness. I use an engineers square for this as that square tends to have a long and short surface that fits nicely in the body of the platter. I primarly use a 5/8" glaser bowl gouge for the turning. For the bead detail I will often use a beading tool to establish the bead size and spaceing. Then use an easy beader to work the depthe between the beads. The rolling of the beads is done with a 1/4" glaser detail gouge. I use a Ray Key shear scraper to smooth the bottom inside of the body of the platter. That scraper has no burr but is honed on the top surface with a series of diamond hones.