Natural coasters

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Project by IAMike posted 12-31-2015 05:07 AM 566 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 06:07 AM

Great use of that thing setting on your shoulders.

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 11:33 AM

They look great, but now you have holes in them that any condensation from the glass will leak right through to your surface you are trying to protect.



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#3 posted 01-03-2016 06:57 AM

nice work – always good to see someone using firewood to create something useful.
can never have enough coasters either…

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