Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure: Items to Build for Fundraiser #4: Next item to make: Several sets of coasters, maybe?

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Blog entry by Jonathan posted 06-20-2010 11:27 PM 1283 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 06-20-2010 11:37 PM

sounds like a good plan

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#2 posted 06-20-2010 11:46 PM

After thinking about this some more, I may just end up making these next, as I’m thinking about making multiple sets now, to cut down on production time-per-project.

I’m thinking about glueing up longer sections with the above wood combinations, then crosscutting them into individual coasters from there. If I’m going to the trouble of glueing up all these different combinations, I might as well make a few different sets, as it won’t take much more time to turn out multiple sets, compared to just producing one set.

I may also make a couple sets with just pink lyptus as the coaster, then make the coaster holders out of different wood combinations. That will still leave the pink wood at the heart of the project.

I think I will chamfer all of the bottom edges and maybe use a roundover bit on the top edges, or simply round them over by hand. I currently only have a 1/4” roundover bit, but I’m sure a 1/8” roundover bit would be much better for something of this size.

Who has all made coasters before? All the stock I’ll be using is 13/16” thick or more. I’m thinking about ripping them into something more like 3/8” using a bandsaw, doubling the number of sets by doing it this way.

If I do have quite a few different sets, maybe these coasters can just be “for sale” before/during/after the auction for a set price? Now, I just need to figure out a realistic price for each set of 4-coasters!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 03:34 AM

Got started on the coasters this morning before work and after doing some painting on the garage rehab.

I glued-up two pieces of 1”-wide 4/4 walnut with a strip of 2”-wide pink lyptus sandwiched in the middle. The pieces are 16” long. The 4/4 actually measures out at 13/16” thick, so I should be able to cut this into 8-coasters in all, as I’d like them to be about 4”-square.

As usual, I used Titebond III for the glue-up. I think I went a little overboard with the clamps, using 10-total, without any cauls. I wanted to try and not rely on the cauls for this glue-up, taking my time to really gradually add pressure evenly across the clamps. I lightly clamped the ends first, adjusting the pieces after some very slight sliding. I then put the 8-f-clamps in their respective locations that you see in the picture. Then let it skim over for 30-40 minutes and scraped the squeeze out off both sides.

I ended up finding a couple of perfect walnut scraps for this. They were already 16” long, and the one was maybe 1.5” wide, so I just ripped a little off. I then looked at all sides of the 3-pieces of wood, deciding which sides were best, and in what orientation to set them in.

Here’s a link to the picture. Not too exciting right now, I know, but they should turn out well. I’m thinking about making a small holding box/tray for them out of the curly maple I’ve got right now. I think that’ll be a nice combination.

walnut and lyptus coaster glue-up

Not sure how many combinations I’m going to end up making? I might just make one other combination like this, only replace the walnut with the curly maple, then make the holding box/tray for those sets out of walnut.

I’m going to probably do something simple, like use a roundover bit on the edges, and maybe a chamfer bit on the bottom. Or maybe I should use a roundover on both the top and bottom to keep it more cohesive?

I am probably going to attach small cork pads onto the bottom of each coaster. Working in the wine business, I certainly have enough extra corks to supply thousands of coasters with feet. I’ll probably cut them myself instead of using the store-bought pads, as those won’t adhere as well as I’d like without adding extra adhesive. And that would defeat half the purpose right there.

I think the final finish on the coasters will be spar varnish. What would you recommend as the best adhesive to use with that finish and the cork sticking to it?

Hot glue?
Gorilla Glue?
Any others?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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