Hurricane Coasters

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Project by OutPutter posted 1652 days ago 1555 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The coasters themselves are made from a small tree lost in Hurricane Ike in my neighborhood. I was just able to fit them under the miter saw and chop off about a dozen pieces. I let them dry for a couple of weeks picking out the ones that didn’t check for the set. I finished them with about five coats of pure tung oil. The rack is made of nicely figured walnut and two large cocobolo dowels. My oldest daughter was with me while I was shopping for wood and latched onto these two pieces of woods and said “daddy, can you make something with these?” What could I say. The coasters were free and the rack cost about twenty bucks!

-- Jim

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#1 posted 1652 days ago

Oh yeah, nice. I have a daughter too. Good work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 1652 days ago

Nice little project. Your daughter has good taste in lumber.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 1652 days ago

Great idea and they look nice. I have a downed tree trunk in my backyard I have been trying to figure out what to do with. I think I may have to try my hand at coasters as soon as I can get it chopped down to a size I can move myself.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#4 posted 1652 days ago

a good eye for wood!! That is beautiful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 1652 days ago

Great idea….beautiful wood…I would let her pick out the wood anytime she wants….the grain is exquisite.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 1652 days ago

ironic that the side of the rack in the first and second picture looks like the eye of a hurrican from above.. nice work!

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#7 posted 1652 days ago

neat coasters

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1651 days ago

Hurricanes are good for something! I wish I still had the persimmon tree that came down in my front yard during Alicia. Or at least some pieces of it.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#9 posted 1651 days ago

Thanks for the comments folks. I really didn’t recognize the hurricane pattern in the wood until you mentioned it Zero. Thanks for pointing that out. I found some unusual wood after Ike Tom. I found the one you’re seeing above which I’ve forgotten the name of as well as live oak, white oak, pecan, magnolia (huge), cedar, and a couple I can’t identify. I still need to cut up some of the wood Eric just like you. It still amazes me how heavy wood is.


-- Jim

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#10 posted 1651 days ago

Nice set of coasters. Really like the rack. Your daughter has a good eye for wood.

Here is a trick you might try for drying the wood. Lots less cracks.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 1651 days ago

404 Page Not Found Scrappy. Thanks for the link though. I’ve seen micwowave instructions before. I just figured that I had enough wood that I’d find plenty of good wood out of the slices I had. I usually let my green wood air dry in the garage before I use it but she kept bugging me “daddy, did you finish yet?” lol

-- Jim

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#12 posted 1651 days ago

very good use of wood that would otherwise end up in the fire pit… always nice to see projects made out of found lumber…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 1631 days ago

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