A set of coasters

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-01-2016 09:06 AM 5896 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a fairly quick one. A set of coasters for some friends as part of their wedding gift.

The wood is spalted beech, from a couple small boards I bought about 5 years earlier when I was in Ottawa. The spalting really makes this wood look special. The holder is walnut.

Thanks for looking and commenting!!

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 11:19 AM

Wow! any left over? I am ready to book a ticket to come get some!!

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 12:42 PM

Very nice, I think splated Beech has some of the best colors. I’ve been lucky to find a few pieces myself.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 04-01-2016 01:09 PM

Very nice set.

What are they finished with? I’m thinking that sinse they are Spalted water will react with the fungus unless they are sealed. Water trough around the edges would also help keep water off the table.

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#4 posted 04-01-2016 03:19 PM

This is a nice practical project and beautifully done. I love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 08:15 PM

Lovely present. Spalted beech is great.

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#6 posted 04-02-2016 01:08 AM

Not a bad outcome. All looks just great.


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#7 posted 04-02-2016 03:44 AM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I do have a few more boards of spalted beech, and will be posting another project soon that I completed last Christmas using spalted beech as well.

The finish on these is about 5 coats of wipe on poly. It doesn’t look like it because the final coat was rubbed out, but the wood is well protected from moisture.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#8 posted 04-02-2016 03:56 AM

I love me some spalty. What did you finish the coasters with? I bet whatever you used was really soaked up by that dry wood.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 01:50 AM

I’d put a coaster on those coasters before setting a drink down. Too nice.

-- Wood is awesome.

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#10 posted 04-07-2016 04:53 PM

It’s great to see how good wood selection can transform a simple project to something amazing!

-- Luis

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