Ying Yang Coasters and box

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Project by Wingstress posted 10-19-2008 05:59 AM 3206 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This started off as a band saw box, but I loved the center section so much, I chopped it up and turned it into a coaster set. I made the box by cutting an “S” curve out of of Australian lace wood and some walnut. I had to do a little hand sanding to get the shapes to match and I did use a little wood filler on some of the gaps, but only I can notice that. The eyes were made from a simple dowel cutter and glued into the holes before I cut it up.

After I made them into coasters, I realized they were hard to get out, so I drilled a one-inch hole in the bottom of the box so you can stick your finger up through the bottom. I finished it off with shellac.

I ended up giving it to my sister in-law who lives in LA. I thought it was a nice complement to her style…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 10-19-2008 06:17 AM

These look great. I bet your SIL will really enjoy them.

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#2 posted 10-19-2008 01:25 PM

Nicely done!

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#3 posted 10-19-2008 01:52 PM

Very nice!

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#4 posted 10-19-2008 06:25 PM

Hi Tom;

Looks like the ying and the yang all over

Very nice workmanship!


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#5 posted 10-20-2008 12:21 AM

well isn’t that wonderful
and how did you make it? Perhaps a blog of your NEXT set :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 10-24-2008 01:59 AM

My wife just made fun of me for spelling it Jing Jang. As an Engineer, I’ve never been able to master that whole spelling thing…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 10:30 PM

I have been toying with the Yin and Yang for a while , this is inspirational,
Thank you. BTW in Australia, lacewood is silky oak [grevillea robusta]

-- Be safe.

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