Constellation Coasters

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Project by Kernal posted 10-05-2017 04:20 AM 734 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of walnut coasters with brass pieces inlaid to show constellations, made for a wedding present. Can you name them all? :)

This took me some trial and error to get the inlays flush without ruining the walnut. In the end, I glued small sections of brass into place, then brought the surface flat using a router and an end mill bit.

Thanks for looking!

-- A new version of the old adage - "Count twice, buy once."

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#1 posted 10-05-2017 05:46 AM

Thas some very skilful an also knowledgeable work there Kernal
Can I name them all? even after studying and using celestial navigation at sea no I cannot.

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#2 posted 10-05-2017 01:00 PM

I really like this idea.
A1 Big Dipper
C1 Little Dipper
C2 Orion

That’s all I got ;)

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 10-05-2017 01:34 PM

Very good idea and good execution. Nice contrast between the night sky and the stars. I would have probably just cut cut squares of ebony and called it a black hole or a total eclipse! Are these for an astronomist?I got even less than swirt. I only recognized the Big and Little Dippers.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 10-05-2017 03:53 PM

These are very creative. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 10-06-2017 10:59 AM

Very classy and elegant. If only it could light.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 10-06-2017 05:22 PM

A guess here (top to bottom, left to right):

Ursa Major
The Swan
Ursa Minor

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#7 posted 10-07-2017 02:13 AM

nice coaster set. unfortunately I am a woodworker, not an astronomer so not even going to guess on the names here.

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

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#8 posted 10-07-2017 06:46 AM

Clever idea for a gift.
What methods did you try before settling on using a router and end mill bit? I assume you tried belt sanding…but what happened? Would aluminum rods be more amenable to belt sanding?

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#9 posted 10-08-2017 04:11 AM

Those are different!
With the subject matter being constellations you should never run out of similar projects.
Nice work Kernal!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 10-08-2017 06:37 PM

Thanks for all the comments!

Nice work splinter—the last one is Canis Major.

I didn’t try a belt sander because I was worried that the harder brass pips would end up slightly raised. Also, I don’t have one :).

-- A new version of the old adage - "Count twice, buy once."

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