Self Storing Natural Edge Juniper Coasters

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-10-2015 12:22 AM 1498 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have needed coasters for our new table and I always have to run in the other room to get one or two. Then when I was slicing off a log to make some coaster blanks for a lady from our guild, I just sliced some off for us too. I did not want to have to make a holder and keep them on that table but wanted them close by, so I got the idea to store them on magnets right under the table. I first had to mock up a sample to see if the rare earth magnet would hold through a piece of felt… and it did very well.

So here they are.. 4 Arizona juniper coasters with a steel disk embedded in the bottom and covered with self adhesive felt. They were cut flat on the lathe and grooved in the top.
They are finished with semi gloss polyurethane.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 12:26 AM

Very clever idea on the holder.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 12:31 AM

Wow… They actually put themselves away??? Nice project Jim.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 12:55 AM

Very inventive system—and great looking coasters, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 01:58 AM


That is a very clever and funny idea at the same time. I thought of the old days of gum under the tables at school.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 11-10-2015 02:33 AM

COOL way to store them!

Those magnets might be too strong and decide to stay on that table… & pull off the felt!
... That would probably happen to me… If I were doing it… :)
Unless you have them screwed in!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 11-10-2015 04:39 AM

Nice looking coasters Jim, I don’t think I’d hide them, but that is a handy feature.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 11-10-2015 04:42 AM

Very nice Jim, great looking good idea for storing them.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 11-10-2015 05:11 AM

The coasters are sweet. I like your thinking Jim. One can usually finds other unpleasant things stuck under the table. (yuck) This is an original idea. I think everyone should have magnets in the shop for those on the spot projects. I just put some magnets in front of my bench to hold my steel rulers. They’re great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 11-10-2015 05:13 AM

Love it, Jim!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 11-10-2015 05:34 AM

Great idea Jim. always thinking outside the box. Love the coasters.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 11-10-2015 06:31 AM

Jim, you’re too clever by half.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 11-10-2015 07:08 AM

What an icredible idea!! They look nice too, but idea is awesome.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 11-10-2015 07:30 AM

Very cool idea, very great execution of it.

I have a bagfull of Chinaberry branch slices that I destined for some thing else. I guess I can “expropriate” some… Neodimium magnet – check. Hey, I even have a table! (not taken for granted – I had to build it…) –
So…. I think I know what one of my next projects will be…. !!

Thanks Jim!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#14 posted 11-10-2015 07:57 AM

Those are so pretty, great job.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#15 posted 11-10-2015 10:32 AM

Great Idea Jim. They look good, have a good practical purpose and solve that annoying problem of where to put coasters when not in use…..those rare earth magnets are very useful and very powerful.

Jim I have always been puzzled as how to treat the natural edge on timber so it doesn’t break off.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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