|Project by JL7||posted 12-24-2011 03:31 AM||3505 views||35 times favorited||17 comments|
So goes another Christmas gift rush…...
This was inspired by ChuckV’s post here. Thanks Chuck. Found the Woodsmith article after reading his post.
No real plan going in, just started pulling “shorts” out of the bin and making blanks. I think the final coaster count came out around 170 or so…...Woods used: Hard maple, Walnut, Cherry, Ash, Pau Amarello, Goncalo Alves, Mahogany, Sapele and Anigre.
Cutting the coasters from the blanks with the bandsaw was the biggest challenge here – I was eating up blades left and right…..next issue was the sanding….wow, it’s ALOT of sanding.
Ended up with 23 coaster sets and the rest (individual coasters) are being passed out with a little note to think about my sister who is fighting cancer…...the feedback has been huge…....
The square box bases are grain matching four sides (re-sawn stock). The stand up bases were just a novel idea by cutting a coaster in half and gluing some Maple spacers between them….
Here a some construction photos:
Here is a shot of my brother helping with some sanding the thin coasters using the down and dirty vacuum clamp on the belt sander:
Finishing – 3 coats of oil base poly – then buffed and carnuba wax:
To use up some of the really thin scraps left over from the bandsaw op – I glued some together making a “two faced” coaster:
After the coaster project was done – I still had a bunch of the cutoffs and such leftover so glued them to scraps of plywood and added some edging to make a bit of wall art:
I have been told with some authority that only the center piece is really art and the other two are “just too busy”......but I hung em on the wall anyways….:) I just hate throwing away beautiful wood…
Last but NOT least…..the ever important testing. I plan on doing ongoing testing as well:
Thanks for looking!
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA