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Project by MShort posted 08-14-2011 12:39 AM 2193 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on these quilt block coasters for a few weeks now. I took a picture of them while waiting for the poly to dry.

Each coaster has 32 pieces of walnut and maple. After 21 coasters, I really got tired of gluing little pieces together.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 01:11 AM

They look so beautifully and perfectly made, I’d be reluctant to set a sweating glass on it ! ! ! LOL :-}

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 01:46 AM

These are soooo pretty, must have taken a bunch of time to assemble….

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 01:56 AM

Now that’s a nice combination of arts. My quilter wife would just adore those. Very nice work man!

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 02:56 AM

Nice design. I wonder if you could cut all the different angled pieces say about 15 ” long and glued them together. Then slice them to the desired thickness on the band saw.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 03:00 AM

Nice job Mike, you’re a tiger for punnishment making 21 :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 05:08 AM

yup , I was thinking what amagineer said : )

Very nice project !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 08-14-2011 05:55 AM

Mike – Nice coasters – I especially like the shape. I was hoping that you could tell me how you created the perfect hexagon shapes. Did you cut the six sides after you assembled each coaster? If so what set-up did you use to cut the forms. I want to make some wooden threaded nuts (about 2 inches across) to receive wooden bolts but can’t seem to come up with an idea to cut them out that is both safe and efficient (I want to make about 200 of them). Do you have any advice on how to cut them?
Thanks in advance!

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#8 posted 08-14-2011 02:15 PM


The arrangement of the diamonds and triangles makes the octagon shape naturally from the angles. As far as your hexagon shape, you might try working with short pieces of about 12-15 inchs square stock and cutting your 60 degree angles to make a hexagon spindle stock and then slice off the pieces to make the nut. This would be putting end grain for your threads and I am not sure if that will hold for you or even cut well.

If the threads need to be in cross grain then I might try and setup a jig that would hold the 2 inch sqaure on a dowel pin that would be in the reference to the tap hole center and set the square holder on a mini sled at 60 degrees from the tablesaw blade to cut off the corners. Then just rotate the piece and continue the cuts. Since the pieces are small and you do not want your hand near the blade, I would make the square holder for the nut the same height and have enough material away from the blade side of the jig that I could take a scrap 1” x 2” x 8” and drill a hold about 3/4” from the end that is the same size as the dowel pin and use it to hold down the piece as you are cutting it. Since the piece is 2” and the radius is 1” making the hold down at 3/4” gives you 1/4” clearance. There may be a better way. Maybe others here can chime in and give you some ideas.

Hopefully you can visualize my words into a jig. Having to make 200 of them is definitely worthy of taking some time to make up a jig system of some sort.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 08-15-2011 05:29 AM

Those are really special Mike, good job as always.

-- RStadler

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#10 posted 08-15-2011 10:01 PM

I think this would make a great how to video. Anyone, want to volunteer. Bueller, Bueller?

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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