|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 09-22-2015 08:20 PM||1281 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
These are two sets of coasters that I made from reclaimed lumber. Both measure about 4 inches square and are about 1/2 inch thick. These might be sold at a our yard sale this weekend or they might end up as gifts. The darker set is made from an oak board which I got from a pallet. It was planed and sanded before cutting.
The lighter set is from a board I had which I think might be maple. It’s not solid maple, but perhaps maple nonetheless. To jazz it up I cut a few kerfs in it and glued in a strips of oak, walnut and bamboo. I kind of like the randomness of the result.
The coasters themselves are identical in their cuts. I ran a kerf about 1/2 inch in on each edge to break up the monotony and beveled the edge of each one. The holders are different because I felt the lighter coasters needed something more interesting than a plain box. Hey, it’s artsy!
The holders are all simple, glued butt joints with a kerf run in strategic places to help hide the joint. The top edges are also beveled, so the holders sort of continue the design motif of the coasters. I finished everything with boiled linseed oil.
[EDIT] Looking at the lighter wood, I’m leaning back towards poplar, but it’s heavier than what I’d expect.
Fun fact: The word for coaster in Esperanto is subtaso (soob-TAH-soh)
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!