|Project by IAMike||posted 12-31-2015 05:07 AM||603 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
I made these coasters for a friend to give out as gifts. I had made a set for her in the past, and she liked them enough to buy some more. The wood is from a crabapple tree that I cut down about two years ago and stacked in the back of my house. These particular branches had some insect activity, there were dead grubs and bore holes that I found as I cut. The bark broke away in a number of spots, too, because of the insect activity. It made a nice rustic touch. I don’t have a bandsaw, so I had to cut the discs as straight as I could with my miter saw, then sand flat and parallel on my disc/belt sander, and finally finish with a random orbit. SO MUCH SANDING! Three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal gloss poly and then I put cork on the bottom using contact cement. The bases are the parts of the branches that were left when I chickened out getting my fingers any closer to the saw ;) I set a dowel in the base and drilled holes (before the finishing) to make a little storage stand for when they’re not in use. Not a bad use of some firewood, IMO!
-- I'm thinking about starting a blog for my projects. It'll have to be called Woodworking By Dummies