Bandsawed Drinking coaster set made from Native Texan Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 607 days ago 1312 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Elm was cut down from a neighbors yard to my dad’s house left out for land fill, I just happened along at the right time and loaded it up in my truck. I handcrafted this set of drinking coasters from the limb of Cedar Elm, I left the limb as a whole with the bark on this limb intact and secured it with super glue, the inner part of the limb was cut and sliced to create the coasters, the coaster sets come in various shapes and sizes and are reversible, this set comes with a set of 7 coasters. I finished the complete set with Rust-Oleum exterior gloss Spar Varnish, after research to various types of finish, I settled on this brand as it seems to be a great water resistant finish and drys with a thick silicone base feel.

Side Note, Unlike my hackberry coaster sets, I remove the bark from the hackberry due to it’s just not attractive and looks more like just plan sap wood then bark, plum ugly.

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Spar Varnish provides maximum weather resistance on exterior wood
Excellent UV protection
Soap and water cleanup

thanks for viewing and have a very Merry Christmas.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Donna Menke

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#1 posted 607 days ago

That is super, Blackie. Leaving the bark is genius. Guaranteed best sellers.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 607 days ago

Nice project, That is a cool idea!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 607 days ago

Yes, really nice Blackie. I agree with Donna

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 607 days ago

Is Cedar Elm like American Elm? I just know ours doesn’t hold the bark well. Although the CA will help with that.

I really like these. Keep it up sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 607 days ago

Genius! the bark adds to its rustic appeal and so unique.

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#6 posted 607 days ago

Nice project !
I had to look this tree up. It is a true elm species. The wood is supposed to be good for steam bending as well. It grows in areas with juniper called ” cedar breaks” along limestone outcrops. Not as susceptible to Dutch elm disease as the American elm but it can still suffer from it.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#7 posted 607 days ago

Thanks everyone


Actually I’m not real sure about the species of Elm only that I do know for a fact that it is elm and it was growing in hard limestone, drought hardy also native to Texas so I assumed it was cedar elm my only other guess would be american or red elm.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 607 days ago

Looks like your cranking out some great items to sell. I like the rustic look of your coasters. Very Nice!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 607 days ago

Very unusual!That’s too wonderful.!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 607 days ago

cool idea

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 607 days ago

great idea!! I like these rustic projects!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#12 posted 607 days ago

Wow… I love these!

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#13 posted 607 days ago

Rustic. Nice!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 607 days ago

Sooooo Niiiiiice! Very Cool!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#15 posted 607 days ago

Great idea on the coasters. I have two of these native cedar elms in my front yard. They are nice trees, the only thing I don’t like about them is that it takes them what seems like 3 months to drop their little leaves and seeds, which land on my front sidewalk and get tracked into the house.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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