Coasters Made from a Log: Beautiful but Simple

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Project by Adeldor posted 10-10-2013 08:58 PM 2156 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a video [click here] showing how to make these drink coasters.

A very simple project, the coasters take an afternoon to make (plus whatever drying time the chosen finish requires). They are beautiful, functional and can be made from old tree trimmings.

Regardless of the chosen finish, note that the coasters’ end grain is very absorbent, so a few coats might be required to get a complete covering. Also, the finish requires an adequate time to dry before use.

In the example shown here, a log cut from a branch of old Eastern Red Cedar (or Purple Heart Cedar) was used. But there are so many other choices. The main criterion is completely dry wood, otherwise the coasters might shrink and split.

-- Chris & Christa, Adeldor,

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#1 posted 10-10-2013 09:08 PM

I like them. Simple and beautiful.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 10-10-2013 09:12 PM

Thanks! There’s something satisfying turning what would be waste (or outdoor firewood) into something useful.

-- Chris & Christa, Adeldor,

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#3 posted 10-10-2013 09:48 PM

Truly beautiful.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 01:15 AM

Those are great coasters. How dry did you get the wood before cutting it up?

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

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 07:26 AM

Thanks for sharing the video. I make them the same way but clamp them to something to make sanding easier (or to have a free hand for beer) The purple heart looks real nice!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 01:18 PM

The simplest ideas always inspire me. Nice job.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 04:47 PM

Well said…simple and beautiful. Really great you made a video and using what would have been wasted is the icing on the…coaster. :)


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#8 posted 10-11-2013 08:01 PM

I’ve been wanting to do these for a while now, looks great!


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#9 posted 10-11-2013 08:58 PM

Simple and lovely. Beautiful wood. You certainly did well today

-- "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 10-11-2013 11:09 PM

Thank y’all for the very kind words! We appreciate it so much!

@Jim Jakosh: not sure exactly how to answer your question, outside of saying that the log was kept for six months or so in a dehumidified environment (AKA our air conditioned house :-) ) – after having been cut some weeks before that (and kept dry). We’ve added an image of the log (a screen capture from the video) to give an idea of how large it was before sectioning into the coasters.

-- Chris & Christa, Adeldor,

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#11 posted 10-12-2013 09:41 PM

A great idea. Thank for sharing it

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#12 posted 10-14-2013 03:19 PM

Very pretty coasters, the wood has an attractive purple color. Simple yet classy. Great job!

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