Coaster sets

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Project by kimosawboy posted 01-23-2020 04:21 PM 372 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made a coffee table and now ( found myself needing coasters. Just to complicate things I figured I would make more than one set. I wound up with three differents sets of coasters made from maple and cedar.
All the wood was from leftover projects that I had laying around. The process was relatively simple and straight forward. Roughing the ’’blank’’ to size and then cutting of a heavy 1/4” on the bottom before going to the drill press and using a hole saw. Then it was just a matter of glueing the bottom back on…..The most time consuming part of these were the actual coasters themselfs, easy enough to cut BUT to finished a royal PIA. The two maple sets were finished with a wipe on blend of 1/3,1/3,1/3 where as the old cedar had a few coats of straight oil based poly..
Thanks for looking.
G Vavra

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#1 posted 01-23-2020 04:36 PM

ive seen a lot of coaster sets here but your holder is the most unique,love that look.

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

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#2 posted 01-23-2020 05:12 PM

I agree… beautiful work and very unique.

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#3 posted 01-23-2020 06:09 PM

They look great but you lost me in the building process because I would expect to see some sort of “cup” on the top side of the coaster to trap and hold any moisture from the glass to keep it off the table and I don’t see it in the picture.

You say you cut the bottom off the blank then it appears you take the “top” and cut it with a hole saw and glue the two parts back together. What have you accomplished doing this? It is not clear.

Aside that my wife has complained that flat bottomed and unlined coasters tend to stick to the bottom of glass when you pick it up because the moisture forms a vacuum seal between the glass and the wood. The only solution I have found is to line the bottom of the coaster with felt, cork, or thin outdoor poly carpet. I have experimented with cutting grooves in the bottom to break or vent the vacuum seal but that has other problems.

By the way, wine glasses don’t need coasters because they seldom “sweat” enough to create wet bottoms. So drink more wine and forget the coasters. LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-24-2020 02:44 AM

Thanks for the comments…
LesB.. If I were to holesaw my way thru the whole piece I would have 1/4” hole in the base from the pilot drill bit.
As to ’’cupped’’ tops or felt/cork bottoms… not worth it to me.

G Vavra

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