If your wood turning has been confined to knobs and legs, it's time to branch out and start having some fun with your lathe. Try faceplate turning, the art of transforming a chunk of log or a block of wood into a stand-alone, artistic piece. Learn the basic sequence for turning a blank into a bowl or platter, the simple set of four tools you'll need for any faceplate turning project, and how to sand, seal, and apply a finish to your work.

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From Fine Woodworking #218