Coasters for my sister and brother-in-law

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Project by BenI posted 11-01-2014 09:54 PM 1968 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While visiting my sister and brother-in-law earlier in the year they mentioned how they didn’t have any good coasters and I mentioned I could make some. Due to a busy schedule and me agonizing over the design it took several months starting work on it but I eventually decided on a design and how to make it and this is the end result.

I used rabbets on the advice of fellow Lumberjocks and it seems to have worked very well and was pretty easy. Base ended up being a little more work than originally expected. Once I cut the corner pieces, they looked thick and unsightly so I filed grooves in them and smoothed it out to make it look more slim. Ended up being a very nice touch even if it was a last minute change.

Last two pictures are hopefully a way of showing how I attached the corner pieces on, easier to show than explain. Rabbet on the bottom of the base and groove in the side pieces. Made a notch in the base for the side pieces, hopefully makes more sense in the pictures. (5th picture would be a top view, last one would be from the bottom)

Coasters and about 4 1/4” square and 1/2” thick. Made from cherry, walnut and maple. Finished with 4 coasts of wipe on poly.

-- Ben from IL

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#1 posted 11-01-2014 10:35 PM

Doggone, those are nice and believe me when I say I understand the work involved.
btw – the carrier is just as good

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 12:23 AM

I think they will love putting these under the drinks! They might not use them they are so nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 03:46 PM

All around great work. Love the wood selection. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 08:28 PM

Really nice! Forgive what may be an obvious question…will not the condensed water that rolls off the glass just roll off the poly treated coaster? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 08:36 PM

Thank you for all the kind words guys!

Drew – I’ve used walnut and maple on a couple other projects and love the contrast but wanted to add more to it with this one so I chose cherry for the first time and very pleased with the end product.

Candy – not really sure.. aren’t coasters usually finished with poly or do people use something else?

-- Ben from IL

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 08:58 PM

I do not know, Ben. It is a question I’ve had for a long time. You are the first one I’ve asked. Sorry.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 12:24 AM

Quite alright Candy. Not sure what finish would prevent that from happening but all I’ve used is polyurethane so who knows.

-- Ben from IL

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 04:10 PM

One of the most beautiful coasters set here on LJs. Great looking idea and project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-03-2014 04:44 PM

Thank you Ivan!

-- Ben from IL

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#10 posted 05-31-2018 04:05 PM

Nice job. Be careful as flat coasters don’t work well—glasses sweat, condensation collects and the glass and coaster follow. I’ve had this happen dozens if not hundreds of times. Best if you had imperfections/divots or scores in the coasters. This way you have no coaster pickups.

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