Bandsawed Drinking coaster set made from Native Texan Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 12-21-2012 02:22 PM 2205 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.

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Donna Menke

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 02:25 PM

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 12-21-2012 02:30 PM

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 12-21-2012 02:31 PM

Yes, really nice Blackie. I agree with Donna

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 02:37 PM

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.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 02:47 PM

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

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 02:51 PM

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 12-21-2012 03:01 PM

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.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 03:48 PM

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

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 03:51 PM

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 12-21-2012 04:16 PM

cool idea

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#11 posted 12-21-2012 04:51 PM

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 12-21-2012 05:31 PM

Wow… I love these!

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#13 posted 12-21-2012 05:49 PM

Rustic. Nice!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 12-21-2012 09:47 PM

Sooooo Niiiiiice! Very Cool!

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

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#15 posted 12-22-2012 12:59 AM

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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