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Coasters for my sister and brother-in-law

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Project by BenI posted 11-01-2014 09:54 PM 1389 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While visiting my sister and brother-in-law earlier in the year they mentioned how they didn’t have any good coasters and I mentioned I could make some. Due to a busy schedule and me agonizing over the design it took several months starting work on it but I eventually decided on a design and how to make it and this is the end result.

I used rabbets on the advice of fellow Lumberjocks and it seems to have worked very well and was pretty easy. Base ended up being a little more work than originally expected. Once I cut the corner pieces, they looked thick and unsightly so I filed grooves in them and smoothed it out to make it look more slim. Ended up being a very nice touch even if it was a last minute change.

Last two pictures are hopefully a way of showing how I attached the corner pieces on, easier to show than explain. Rabbet on the bottom of the base and groove in the side pieces. Made a notch in the base for the side pieces, hopefully makes more sense in the pictures. (5th picture would be a top view, last one would be from the bottom)

Coasters and about 4 1/4” square and 1/2” thick. Made from cherry, walnut and maple. Finished with 4 coasts of wipe on poly.

-- Ben from IL





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 11-01-2014 10:35 PM

I LIKE EM !
Doggone, those are nice and believe me when I say I understand the work involved.
btw – the carrier is just as good

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 12:23 AM

I think they will love putting these under the drinks! They might not use them they are so nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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drewpy

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 03:46 PM

All around great work. Love the wood selection. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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CFrye

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 08:28 PM

Really nice! Forgive what may be an obvious question…will not the condensed water that rolls off the glass just roll off the poly treated coaster? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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BenI

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 08:36 PM

Thank you for all the kind words guys!

Drew – I’ve used walnut and maple on a couple other projects and love the contrast but wanted to add more to it with this one so I chose cherry for the first time and very pleased with the end product.

Candy – not really sure.. aren’t coasters usually finished with poly or do people use something else?

-- Ben from IL

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CFrye

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 08:58 PM

I do not know, Ben. It is a question I’ve had for a long time. You are the first one I’ve asked. Sorry.

-- God bless, Candy

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BenI

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 12:24 AM

Quite alright Candy. Not sure what finish would prevent that from happening but all I’ve used is polyurethane so who knows.

-- Ben from IL

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 04:10 PM

One of the most beautiful coasters set here on LJs. Great looking idea and project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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BenI

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#9 posted 11-03-2014 04:44 PM

Thank you Ivan!

-- Ben from IL

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