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Puzzle Coasters with Inlay

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 09-09-2015 04:47 PM 860 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a bunch of wedge shaped cut offs and wanted to use them for something. I glued then up into a blank measuring about 9×12 inches and ran them through the planer to help even the surface out. Then I used my panel cutting sled to put several shallow kerfs in the blank and I glued in a few bamboo skewers and a piece of walnut. Then ran the piece through the planer again to flatten things out.

Using the puzzle coaster template from Linn Orvar I made more coasters. These are for Christmas gifts, but I thought the inlay added some interest to the piece. I finished them with boiled linseed oil.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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#1 posted 09-09-2015 04:53 PM

Great job on the reuse of the chair off cuts, Dave. Looks great!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 05:03 PM

Nice thing about coasters is that you can make them with averything you find in lumber stock (scraps). Cool puzzles. You can even have fun with them when bored.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 05:18 PM



Great job on the reuse of the chair off cuts, Dave. Looks great!

- CFrye

I like to think the changing grain pattern adds interest too. I know my wife loved the first set I made.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 05:21 PM



Nice thing about coasters is that you can make them with everything you find in lumber stock (scraps). Cool puzzles. You can even have fun with them when bored.

- majuvla

I have it in mind to make napkin rings as well. When we visit my relatives my daughter and I are both guilty of playing with the napkin rings. She’s 16. We try balancing them one atop the other. It’s nearly a tradition now.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 09-09-2015 09:28 PM

The glue up
Glueing wedge shapes and not having them pop out is a art in its self good work!

Bamboo skewers
Raiding the wife kitchen drawers to get skewers thats game, I have done that myself twice.
The first time I got away with it the second time not so lucky!... nearly ended up as a walking kabab.
You didnt mention the method used in preparing and finishing the interlocking.

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 09-09-2015 10:04 PM



The glue up
Glueing wedge shapes and not having them pop out is a art in its self good work!

Bamboo skewers
Raiding the wife kitchen drawers to get skewers thats game, I have done that myself twice.
The first time I got away with it the second time not so lucky!... nearly ended up as a walking kabab.
You didnt mention the method used in preparing and finishing the interlocking.

- robscastle

If you mean cutting the pieces out, I used my band saw with this template:

If you mean everything before the BLO, I sanded the flat edges with a belt sander, sanded the tight areas with a small sanding spindle in a drill press, rounded the top edges with a 1/4 inch round-over, and sanded the flats with a ROS and by hand.


-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 07:41 AM

OK again that nice precise work

Keep it up !!

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 09-12-2015 12:18 AM

Question: If these were to be given as a gift, would some kind of holder be absolutely needed, or are they fine just as a loose stack?

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 09-12-2015 04:08 AM

This is a neat idea! Good enough to copy … OK,

I think a wooden puzzle box is in order to keep them all together.
A box, made of wood with the typical color picture of the puzzle on the top.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 09-13-2015 05:52 PM

Dave, these turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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