Wood Coasters

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”Use a Coaster!” is a trigger memory from my misspent youth as I set a wet glass on some random “new” or “family heirloom” piece of furniture.

More so after seeing some of these every day objects recreated here on LJs, I decided to make a few just because.
Not quite to the standard of ” the Earl ”, I still wanted to use the ever growing stash of useful scraps.

Simple to make these breadboard style, but as with all things, more time consuming.

All are about 3-3/4” square and 7/16” thick.

I decided to stabilize them (Cactus Juice) to keep any warpage away and make them more adapted to being cleaned.

No finish other that an application of danish oil and wax.

First set

The first set was alder and purple heart. While looking “ok”, the equal width bands just look kind of plain.

Second set

The second try uses white oak and walnut.

Third set

This set (my favorite due to the colors) is walnut, maple, and jatoba. Design evolution in action 8^)

The stands were just an afterthought but I’m glad I went for it.

Several ways the coasters can sit in the stands, but this way:

seems to work the best.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-08-2019 02:15 PM

beautiful coasters splint love the color combo’s.i agree with your fav,i did a cutting board that looks very similar to your walnut,maple and jatoba except i used padauk for the the holders too.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 10-08-2019 02:27 PM

Great looking coaster set. The stand alone is cool. As you said I also remember being told to use a coaster or suffer the consequences.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 10-08-2019 02:31 PM

Thanks Pottz, Dave!

I worked some with Padauk and went away covered with blood-red dust everywhere. Quickly learned to watch out for the color bleeding into neighboring woods 8^)

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#4 posted 10-08-2019 02:56 PM

These are great nice looking stuff.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-08-2019 03:15 PM

Nice! And just in time for Christmas…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 10-08-2019 03:27 PM

Nice job on the coaster sets. The rack is really sharp. Reminds me of a set of encyclopedias we used to have.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 10-08-2019 03:58 PM

Really beautiful, and the carrier is quite classy.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 10-08-2019 04:01 PM

Thank you Steve, Don 8^)

Don, interesting idea…. If I ever get a laser printer, I could make a miniature encyclopedia set!

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#9 posted 10-08-2019 04:15 PM

Really beautiful, and the carrier is quite classy.

- Jerry

Thanks for dropping by Jerry!

A lot of comments about the stands, kind of like the kid that gets a toy for a present and is more interested in the box 8^)

I just basically laid a coaster on its side on top of a piece of 1/4” scrap plywood. I marked three locations along the edges that looked like they would keep the coaster from sliding around.
I then drew a free-form shape around the points using a circle template to get nice corners. This was then bandsawn out and had 1/4” holes drilled into the (3) marked points. After sanding the edges smooth, I created a masonite copy using the plywood template and a top & bottom bearing straight router bit. The masonite was DS taped to the wood and the excess was trimmed on the bandsaw. I then used the same router setup to shape the wood, using the top and bottom bearings against the template in a way to make all my cuts “downhill” to avoid chipping and burning (less cleanup sanding). I drilled 1/2 way through the wood with a forester bit using the previously drilled template holes. Template removed and edges then rounded with a roundover bit.
The holes were for fitting 1/4” dowel rods (painted black, spray poly on top). Epoxy keeps it all from falling apart.

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#10 posted 10-08-2019 04:50 PM

Nice job there. Those things make wonderful gifts.

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#11 posted 10-08-2019 04:55 PM

Thanks Bob!

Bob, Steve, great idea on the gift option, but being the capitalist I am, they are going onto the craft show table next month, relatives/friends get last years fruit cake and/or retagged gifts 8^)

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#12 posted 10-08-2019 04:57 PM

i was going to ask did you put any kind of pads or bumpers on the bottoms.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#13 posted 10-08-2019 04:59 PM

“Classy Looks.” Great photos also.

I have that “trigger” too, mom was an antique freak.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#14 posted 10-08-2019 05:29 PM

I’m feeling rather special to be quoted in one of your project posts. What a great way to use up scraps and make some eye-catching coasters. I’ll bet you sell out of them.

I like all of the variations that you were able to make. The holders are really clever as well. I’m going to shamelessly “borrow” the holder idea for the next set of coasters I make.

Potz asked about pads for the bottom of the coasters. It looks like you didn’t need them. I used the small round cork bumpers you can buy at HD since they had the thinnest profile.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 10-08-2019 05:51 PM

Great looking coasters, Bruce. I love symmetry!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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