How would you add a lip to a set of cedar coasters?

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08-24-2013 08:31 PM

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I hope I’m posting to the correct forum. This is my first post and my first woodworking project.

I’m making a set of coasters. So far, I’ve cut and sanded a bunch of wooden cedar squares using a friend’s miter saw and electric sander. I’m going to etch in a design using a wood-burning tool, but first I would like to add a lip to the coasters. How would you go about lowering the center of a square by an eighth of an inch or so, leaving an eighth of an inch rim around the edges?

Should I do this with a hand tool or a power tool? What should I use?

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 11:37 PM

I suppose there are many different ways to do this and you’d have to consider what tools are available and how comfortable you are using them. Cedar is a relatively soft wood to work with so getting a crisp edge on the rims will take some focus. You coud use chisels and carve out the gap, or a router The other thing you could do instead of lowering the center is glue a strip slightly wider than the depth of the coaster onto the edge of the coaster. This would be somewhat easier to do with limited tool experience and also provides an opportunity to use your artistic flair and add strips of a contrasting or complimentary colour to jazz up the coasters a little bit.

I wish you success on your first project and hopefully you’s find a lot of useful information here on LJs. Welcome!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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