This might not actually be the next item I make for the auction, but I think I will be making a set of coasters for the auction.
I may not make them next because I think coasters would be an excellent use of scrap wood since they’d be made up of smaller pieces.
So, I might wait until I cut a bit of the pink lyptus up for other auction items first. Then I can use the cut offs for the coasters instead of cutting a new section off the plank.
I think I’m going to run a pink strip of the lyptus down the center to stay within the theme I’ve established, but will probably make each coaster a different blend of woods.
Maybe something along these lines:
Coaster number 1: curly maple, pink lyptus, curly maple
Coaster number 2: walnut, pink lyptus, curly maple
Coaster number 3: cherry, pink lyptus, cherry
Coaster number 4: poplar, pink lyptus, poplar (maybe try to find a chunk within the poplar boards that I have that has a bit of color variance to it for visual interest?)
I will make a little holder for them as well, but am not sure how to design it yet? Maybe horizontal strips on each side, with walnut on the bottom, with pink lyptus on top of that, topped off with curly maple?
I may also attach little cork pads along the bottom of each one, and will definitely put cork feet on the base.
I will probably finish it off with spar varnish, or maybe spray on poly.
I am open to any and all suggestions and welcome any thoughts or comments you may have.
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