|Project by Don Johnson||posted 02-17-2013 10:41 AM||1050 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
On a number of occasions, my wife, Avril, has mentioned that our table mats were looking rather sad. But when looking at the sets of four offered for sale in various shops, she rejected them all as ‘Not quite what I was looking for’, and being rather expensive for what they were – especially as she wanted at least eight. After spotting some recently – which again failed to meet her standard – she suggested that I ought to be able to make some wooden ones.
I remembered that I still had some slightly over 1/8th inch thick oak-veneered MDF remaining from another project, which might be suitable, and when I looked, there were three lengths, the width of each being almost exactly the width of one of our existing mats, so I could make four from each. Serendipidy or what ! And there was another strip exactly the width of the smaller coasters, so I could make twelve of those as well!
Well, with such luck, how could I avoid turning the material into mats – it seemed as though fate had decided for me!
I initially thought of making one as a pattern and and using a trimming router to cut the radiused corners on each, but I soon realised that it would take longer to fix each mat to a jig than it would to eyeball to a line on a disc sander – and I would have to make the jig. I did make up a little jig with scraps and double-sided tape to draw the corner curves with a pencil, but that only took a moment.
I finished the tops with three coats of quick-drying matt polyurethane varnish that – hopefully – will stand up to hot plates, and found some 1/32 inch thick cork sheet on E-bay which I stuck to the backs with PVA. When the glue dried, I carefully bevel-sanded the cork edges.
I appreciate the simplicity of this project, but I have not been out in the workshop much recently as it has been too cold (or should I say ‘chilly’ as we do not get the temeperature extremes of the US over here in the UK) and have not had anything else to post to show that I am still active.
-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk