One option for the rotating “featherplate” at the bottom of the tub is to make it from plywood. Mike started out with this option, intending to clad the disk later with sheet metal. (When I talked with Herrick Kimball, he confirmed that some plucker makers do use plywood for this component. If well sealed, a plywood featherplate might last a few seasons. It is not durable for the long run, however, and he doesn’t recommend it. Herrick supplies an excellent HDPE featherplate, already attached to the shaft and mounting plate.) (Photo by Mike Rininger)