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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 69 days ago 583 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackie_

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69 days ago

I was just commissioned to build four sets of coasters, 8 coasters per set, customer is also is wanting 3” dia military coins inlayed in each coaster, knowing that condensation will be on the coins, what method should I use to inlay them with? 2 part epoxy is what I’m thinking.

Thanks

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patron

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#1 posted 69 days ago

a dab of silicone should be just fine
the stuff is tenacious
and no mess to clean up
if you don’t overdo it

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 69 days ago

Randy, make the hole a wee bit bigger
mask the coin and wax the wood
then put a black silicone bed down
Push the coin down then smooth away the excess
with a wet finger
once dry the overcast is easily removed
This allows for a fair amount of movement in the wood
Hope this helps
Jamie

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 69 days ago

Two part epoxy would be my vote. It’ll keep the surrounding wood dry and the surface can be cleaned easily and polished if they get scratched up over time.

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 69 days ago

This sounds like a question for LJ Klaus Keifer as he imbeds Canadian coins in many of his projects and they always look great. But, I’ve vote for 2-part epoxy and use masking tape over the area, removing the coin area with a knife so as to avoid epoxy on the wood surface. Best wishes.

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grizzman

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#5 posted 69 days ago

i like jamie’s approach

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 69 days ago

I am curious as to why Black silicone Jamie?

Thanks

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 69 days ago

Epoxy, silicone, or construction adhesive have all worked equally well for me. Silicone adhesive might be best with metal.
As far as the wood movement comment above… wood movement across a 3” coin is negligible.

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 69 days ago

Randy that was the spec for a job I did many years ago
I think it shows a metal to wood nicely
I’m sure any colour would be nice

Jamie

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grizzman

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#9 posted 69 days ago

i like the color black as i think it would hide any of the circle that might not get covered by the coin, but hopefully you can make the opening for the coins very close to what is needed, having a very small amount as i dont think much would be needed, whatever wood species you use, i would imagine it to be very dry.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 69 days ago

I usually rough up the back of a coin and use the HF 5 minute epoxy and it holds great.

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kiefer

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#11 posted 68 days ago

I use a pressure fit on most of my coins with CA glue and the back of the coin rought up .
In your case because of the large size I would go with the epoxy but make the fit slightly loose .
The silicon idea sounds good the only problem I can see with it when the finish is applied and spots where there residue will fisheye .

-- Kiefer 松

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Roger

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#12 posted 68 days ago

Sounds like they’ll be really nice coasters. I’d think epoxy, but no matter what, you’ll still have moisture on the bottom of the cup and on the coaster. That said, I don’t know.. lol

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 68 days ago

ok I’m going to pick up both 30 min and fast drying along with the silicone , thanks .

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Sodabowski

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#14 posted 68 days ago

I’d have said epoxy too but Jamie’s approach sounds very interesting, since the coins could still be removed later without too much hassle and risk.

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grizzman

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#15 posted 68 days ago

randy, what type of wood are you using for your coasters, ive got a huge amount of wine corks that im trying to figure out if they would be used somehow in a coaster thing…have you ever seen any coasters made with corks in them

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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