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Woodworking projects under way. #26: Got the shop clean enough. Time to start on the wedding gift, and I have a week to go!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-25-2012 09:17 PM 3427 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: From lumber rack, to wedding gift... Part 26 of Woodworking projects under way. series Part 27: Wedding coaster project scuttled per Groom's request... »

This is dreadful. I have a TON of work to do to get this done. Walnut coaster set it is. I have the lumber selected, and edge jointed. No I did not face joint it first. I wanted a straight enough edge that I could run along my TS rip fence, and THEN face joint it…

I need to head to the craft store as well. I need to grab a compass of sorts that I can lock an Xacto knife into so that I can cut 2-3/8” cork disks with it. I figure at this size it should handle soda cans, beer cans, and other misc beverage holders shy of 7-11 bladder buster sizes…

I am planning on a VERY simple build. stock prep, cut to dimension, find center, drill countersink for cork 1/4” deep, rout the edge with a 1/4” bevel, sand, finish with 2 or 3 treatments of BLO and then wipe on poly. Finally glue in cork and felt feet, package, write card, stick bow on package and haul my behind to the wedding…

I’ve been practicing my hand at woodburning my signature… I will have to mark these with a printed label that gets coated with the urethane as well…

As my wife will be helping me, I think the label should read…

Created in 2012 by Dave & Debi
For Paul and Nicci.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 04-25-2012 10:48 PM

Are you sure you want to give coasters as a wedding gift. It will surely place the new marriage into jeopardy. The first time Paul forgets to use one, there will be trouble in paradise!!! Just be sure to make the set with an even number of coasters, easier to divide up during the divorce settlement!!! Lol.

A gift from the heart and “created” by hand is sure to be treasured for years to come. Paul & Nicci will be moved by the effort put into making the coasters.

Don’t forget to “blog” & post as a project.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 02:20 PM

Whenever I do a project with a time target, I am late in finishing it. Good luck here…....at least it is a relatively simple project….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 02:37 PM

Which is why I picked it…

I got the milling / dimensioning done last night. Found my miter saw fence got askew and wasn’t cutting square. Fixed that and made my run of cuts. Marked centers, and had to hang it up for the night. Re-measured some common cups, and my 2-3/8” is just a hair shy of some common cup bottom sizes which is a concern. (I measured a 32oz drink cup from MooYa Burger in Houston). No big deal. But it looks like I need to grab a 2.5” forstner bit which may be a bit of a problem. I don’t have time to order one online, and I don’t think my local Home Depot carries anything that big… Maybe Rockler would have one?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 04-26-2012 05:53 PM

Doing some digging around, Rockler 2.5” forstner bit back ordered until June, Woodcraft Back ordered until late May, Home Depot doesn’t carry them that big near me, Amazon Back Ordered / unavailable, Grizzly Back ordered unless I buy the $199.00 large sawtooth forstner bit set (more $$ than I wanted to spend, and too slow getting here)...

Looks like I may have to go with 2-3/8” anyway and hope they don’t try using a larger cup…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 04-26-2012 07:13 PM

Perhaps a circle jig/template thing-a-ma-jig for the router with a flat bottom bit would work. Although, it may be more trouble than it’s worth. Just an idea.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 04-27-2012 02:08 AM

Ran it up to the last minute before noise regulations kick in… But I got the counterboring and routing the edge profile done. I’ve got sandpaper ready to load in the block, but that’s for tomorrow. My tasks tomorrow are sanding, sanding, sanding sanding then oiling, and if time permits, the first coat of Urethane. I also need to run and get some sheet cork, and the compass…

The grain on this walnut I picked is looking really nice. I picked the most varied, complex grain and color patterns I could find in my stack of walnut for this project…

To be blunt. If they don’t like these coasters, I can always bring them back to Texas with me!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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