DragonFly Coasters

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Project by scrollingmom posted 09-27-2015 01:18 AM 1192 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were fun project too. They are made of consective slices out of a Mulberry log. There is 4 to a set. They are 1/2” thick x approximately 4” in diameter. The dragonfly in the center is sunken and then I painted it so that it would show up better. The finish is done with triple thick lacquer.

These coasters are mere decorative.

Thank you for looking.


-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#1 posted 09-27-2015 01:24 AM

WOW! Very nice!

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 01:25 AM

Very cool! :)


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#3 posted 09-27-2015 01:27 AM

Really nice looking. Since the pith is in it still what did you do to keep it from cracking?

I am thinking maybe I can make them for my daughters and wife. Do you have a template of the dragonfly you can send me? Also maybe some color to it making it look real and flying around.

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#4 posted 09-27-2015 02:09 AM

Hi Kelly, did you cut the dragonflies on the scroll saw at an angle so it would sink in? Very cool project!

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#5 posted 09-27-2015 12:20 PM

Very nice coasters, Kelly. Being scrollingmom I think those would be patterns cut in on the scroll saw at a slight angle like Anna asked?
I just cut 4 mesquite wafers like that for a lady in our guild who makes bowls on the scroll saw and will wait to see wait to she does with them. I will point her to your project.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-27-2015 01:22 PM

Very well done, and I like the way the dragonfly is sunken.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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#7 posted 09-27-2015 01:22 PM

I like those live edges.

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#8 posted 09-27-2015 02:59 PM

Very nicely done, but like Anna and Jim I’d love to know about how you “sunk” the dragon flies.

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#9 posted 09-27-2015 03:21 PM

Yes whatever picture you decided to put in the middle tilt your scrollsaw at a slight angle and cut. I always have to make a test cut to make sure I’m cutting in the right direction and also getting the right dept to sink them.

Sometimes I soak my rounds in PC-Petrifier. It helps preserve the wood so that you can use all the round and not just the insides.

Thank you for all your encouraging comments.

Arlin: I don’t really have a certain pattern. I just find something that will fit in the size of rounds that I have and if it doesn’t fit I adjust it.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#10 posted 09-27-2015 06:57 PM

Great job! Never hear of PC-Petrifier, is that a brand name? I have never had much problem with Mulberry cracking especially when it is sliced thin, but I always cut it during the winter when there is less sap in the wood. My problem is keeping the bark attached – it tends to peel off in big strips. Does the PC-Petrifier help with that?
Thanks for posting!

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 09-27-2015 08:19 PM

Hi Kelly, I am interested in PC Pertifier too. Where do you get it? it sounds like it might preserve punky wood that is just past spalting too!!.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-27-2015 09:21 PM

These are very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 09-27-2015 09:26 PM


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#14 posted 09-30-2015 12:36 AM

Those are very slick

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