|Project by toddbeaulieu||posted 08-04-2015 01:22 PM||831 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
After a round of golf the crew hangs out on the deck for drinks and cigars every weekend. I grew tired of putting my cigar down on the table (and hearing about it) and I really dislike putting it in the ashtray. I saw a product on Amazon that I liked and decided to make something similar for the gang.
I have a bunch of Mahogany pieces that I got for cheap on CL a while back that was perfect for this project. Admittedly, these aren’t machinist-precise, especially with the runout of the drill press and the inherent sloppiness of using a really long extension (I didn’t have a short extension to make it through the blank), but I think they came out just fine. After boring the hole I ripped and jointed them and cleaned up any unevenness in the bore on the spindle sander.
After building the bases I realized it would be nice to get name tags made up. Luckily that worked out just fine, despite my lack of planning to accommodate them. I used Arm-R-Seal, fully knowing that it wouldn’t hold up to the burns, and being OK with that. I’ve already got a few burns on mine and I like the character that it adds. I added black felt to the bottoms, which gives a great soft feel when setting them down and moving them around.