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Project by Grumpy posted 01-19-2011 03:55 AM 1542 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These coasters were made for my brother for his 60th birthday.
The wood is kwila. The lathe made it easy to turn the corners down & create the rings. The table saw and linisher were used to shape & thickness them using a sled for the safety aspect. Finished with 6 coats of wipe on poly & buffed between each coat.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python





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TomFran

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 04:07 AM

Very nice, Grumpy. You’re brother will like these!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 04:09 AM

kwila looks a bit like mahogany. ...very pretty wood and I like the concentric ring idea

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Grumpy

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 04:38 AM

Thanks Tom.
Thanks Dan, Kwila is a bit like teak, fairly dense, nice to work with.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 04:55 AM

Tony; Some great looking coasters. Nice build and I’m sure that he is very happy. (With the coasters, not the 60th)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 05:25 AM

Very nice.

Let me share a tip you may consider in the future. Drill a shallow hole in the bottom of each coaster and glue a rare earth magnet in the hole. I use magnets that are 18 mm in diameter and 3 mm think. It makes it real easy to stack the coasters even without a special stand.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 05:26 AM

Nice job, Tony!

Lee

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inmysparetime

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 06:51 AM

Those came out great. I tried to get that same design a few months ago but with different sized hole saws on my drill press, but there was just too much tearout. It also leaves a hole in the middle, but my plan was to fill it with a plug.

-- Mike from Mass

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 07:07 AM

Thanks for you comment Karson, Lee & Mike.
Rich, I did put 10mmX2mm rare earth magnets in the bottoms but they are just a bit weak. Will know next time. I put one in upside down just for a laugh. That works better than the ones that attract. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 07:56 AM

They look great, simple yet attractive.
Great idea about the magnets

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 12:49 PM

I’ve made coasters using the drill press and 5” hole saw, just remove the pilot bit and clamp your piece. Go slow and that eliminated the tear out around the edges.

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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cmckerliesr

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#11 posted 01-19-2011 12:55 PM

Very Nice!
Is kwila very expensive?
I like the look of it a lot.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 01-19-2011 09:51 PM

Very nice coasters Tony.

The circles are a neat design.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 01-20-2011 12:12 AM

Thanks for your interest Jocks.
Good idea on the drill press Mark.
Craig, I had that piece given to me but it is not expensive down under. It comes from the Phillipines. This is what wikipedia says about it “The tree has a variety of common names including ipil, merbau and kwila. In the Philippines, it also known in some areas as taal. The tree’s timber, called merbau or kwila, is a very durable and termite-resistant wood, making it a highly valued material for flooring and other uses. The wood can also be used to extract a dye. Merbau can contain a “gold” fleck that runs through the grain, considered to be attractive by some. Due to extensive logging of the tree, it is endangered in many places in Southeast Asia, and almost extinct in some.[4] Extensive amounts were purchased for the venue of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, which is the largest importer of the wood.[5] The wood is used for flooring in U.S. and European markets where it is commonly sold under different names. Both licensed and unlicensed mills harvest the wood.”

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 01-20-2011 12:12 AM

Thank you Dick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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