Coaster Sets

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 02-28-2009 06:59 PM 2449 views 42 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year my wife and I were determined to not ruin Christmas with meaningless gifting from store bought garbage. So we designed and built these coaster sets that we gave to all of our close friends and family. They are made from walnut and cherry. The slotted storage base is layered walnut and cherry to give a complimenting look. The finish is multiple polyurethane coats for durability. Each coaster has cork that sits in a recessed circle so as to be flush. We made this a family affair – the boys helped with the sanding and finishing. My wife cut all the cork circles.

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 07:47 PM

Most stylish coasters i’ve seen in a long time. Great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 01:19 AM

I agree – very stylish. Not just your average coaster!
And it’s a family project. EXTRA special.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 05:26 AM

These look great. Curious on how you cut the cork so precisely.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 05:30 AM

That is a neat design – great use of wood and an eye catching design.


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#5 posted 03-01-2009 06:43 AM

Betsy -
great question. So, it just so happens that my wife is an avid scrapbooker. One of her tools is a photo/paper circle cutter. It is basically a plastic circle with a razor guide that fits into the circle’s rails. I cut the wood to fit one of the dimensions that the circle cutter produced. The cork is nothing more than shelf liner that we bought at Lowes.

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 04:39 AM

That’s just too cool. Thanks for sharing Fuzzy. This gives me a great idea for Christmas gifts!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 03-14-2009 01:20 AM

Best looking coasters I’ve seen in a long time.
Thanks for posting. I know what I’m going to do with
those scrap pieces I’ve been saving.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 09:37 PM

Thanks for adding your link to the other coaster post….I wouldn’t have seen them otherwise : ) Nice job !

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

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 07:09 PM

Great idea! May have to borrow this if you don’t mind! Thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 07:28 PM

It’s interesting how your design looks like the ones I have been selling at shows and on Etsy for the past couple of years. Of course I didn’t design mine. I saw a similar design in a store in Maine in ‘07 and copied them.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 11:17 PM

Yep – when we were trying to come up with a design I searched google images and found several like this (some were probably yours!). That was the basis for what we drew up and built. Yours are beautiful!

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#12 posted 04-12-2011 09:16 AM

Nice set of coasters. Did you know that people are really into buying special orders of coaster sets ?? I make and sell coaster sets to people all over the USA right now as a part time job at home. you can see some of the ones I have made and sold on my work projects. I use my computer, printer, router and scroll saw drill press and table saw to make them all free hand. They do make great gifts though I plan on making my dad the black bear coaster set for fathers day coming up. Thanks for sharing Jeff M. the scroll saw artist.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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