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First practice coasters

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Project by lumberlover posted 12-07-2015 07:28 PM 602 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being relatively new to wood working I’m starting with some basic projects to familiarize myself with my new tools and am taking a learn-as-you-go approach.
I admire some of the other coaster projects here so I decided to make my own.

I used scraps of oak, mahogany, cherry, and poplar. The really goofy one I used the scraps of my scraps just for fun. Haha.
Finished with 3 coats of water proof spar urethane I used on an outdoor project recently. The water beads up nicely and doesn’t roll off unless shaken. The only thing I don’t like is the slight yellowing
effect on the wood. I’ll try something different next time.
Mostly used my table saw and sanders. Don’t have a router or band saw yet but they are on my list. :)

Any critiques and recommendations are welcome

-- -Andrew, California, "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth" 2 Timothy 2:20





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Stevedore

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 09:32 PM

Vey nice; a good use of leftover scraps. I keep meaning to make some myself, just haven’t done it yet.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 09:59 PM

Love the look, but here’s something to consider.

The main reason we use coasters in our house is to keep the condensation from dripping on us (and the furniture) every time we pick up the glass. By completely sealing the top (like you have here), the water will just bead up around the glass and when you pick up the glass it’ll bring that water with it, hence dripping along the way.

I’m currently experimenting with some slices of a cherry log. Cut them about 1.5” thick and soaking them in BLO till it’s completely absorbed. Then I’ll seal the bottom of some with lacquer, and leave others with just the BLO. I figure that if this works, any moisture absorbed from the condensation will dry out via the heat and/or AC in the house.

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 09:59 PM

Oh, and WELCOME to LJs !

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 10:29 PM

Thank you JoeinGa. I will take that into consideration next time and watch for any projects you post with your experiment results.

-- -Andrew, California, "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth" 2 Timothy 2:20

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 11:33 PM

Those coasters look great.

There is one thing that I do not like about the first coasters that I made: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/54543. The bottom of the glass tends to suction to the coaster and lift it off the table. If you don’t realize this happened, the coaster will usually drop off onto the table when you tip the glass.

I improved this situation with the second set that I made: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/168146

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 07:04 AM

They are realy beautiful with various patterns. I plan long time to use my scraps on such project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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