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100th Project - Pedestal Coaster Caddy for Statuette(s)

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 02-21-2016 11:17 PM 568 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

This is my 100th Project! I felt it was cool enough to be my centennial project post.

A few years ago made a table [link] for the conference room at my church. On this table my pastor often places a statuette as decoration. He also keeps a stack of cardboard coasters there to protect the finish of the table. A few weeks ago I was sitting at the table after our weekly Bible study and the idea for this project suddenly came into my head!

With clipped corners, the table effectively has eight sides, so I wanted to echo that in this piece. I began by cutting two squares out of pine for the top and bottom. Then I cut the coasters out. I aimed for eight, cut ten, but one got ruined, so I actually have nine.

[Below] I used my miter sled with a stop block to cut the corners off the coasters and the other pieces.

[Below] I used some cut-offs to create the spacers to separate the top and bottom and create the spaces where the coasters will go.

[Below] I routed a bevel on the edges of all the pieces and sanded them all. After everything was glued together, I finished it with stain and spray lacquer.

Comparing the first and third showcase photos, you will note that it looks equally cool with or without the coasters. This was exactly the result that I was aiming for.

Naming this project was a challenge because of its duality of purpose. I kept wondering if it was more of a stand or a caddy. Today my pastor called it a ‘Pedestal for Jesus’. I latched onto ‘pedestal’ and ran with it. I’ve been trying to think of the form for this project for a while. I’m glad it finally gelled.

It’s perhaps appropriate that the wood is all reused. The top and coasters are the last of my ‘wedgewood pine’ made from the wedges I created by cutting the tapers on the chairs that go with the table. The different pieces being glued together gives an interesting look to the grain. The last two of the showcase photos show the grain on one of the coasters and the pedestal. I like it a lot. The bottom piece of wood was from a bookshelf that the church no longer needed.

[Fun fact: The Esperanto word for ‘coaster caddy’ is ’subtasujo’.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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majuvla

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 04:51 AM

Beautiful work. Simple,but very efficient.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 02-22-2016 11:00 AM

Thanks Ivan. My thoughts exactly.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 08:43 PM

Very nicely designed and finished, Dave. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 02-24-2016 06:12 PM

Thanks Candy. It looks like LJ is still having picture problems.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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CFrye

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#5 posted 02-24-2016 09:38 PM

You’re welcome! Congrats on your 100th project! They’ll get the picture thing worked out.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-25-2016 09:24 PM

Great looking coaster and pedestal set! I definitely like the octagonal shapes!

By the way, will the lacquer hold up to the moisture?

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 02-25-2016 09:33 PM



Great looking coaster and pedestal set! I definitely like the octagonal shapes!

By the way, will the lacquer hold up to the moisture?

- Mean_Dean

I don’t think there’s going to much problem with lacquer wear at church. These will get light use, and that from coffee cups, not so much sweaty glasses.

Anything that gets used will wear eventually. Even our non ceramic store bought coasters show wear.

Plus, I can refinish them if needed. Most things I build come with a guarantee for my lifetime.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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