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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 06-24-2014 03:21 PM 685 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackie_

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06-24-2014 03:21 PM

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 06-24-2014 03:29 PM

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 06-24-2014 03:32 PM

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 06-24-2014 03:36 PM

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 06-24-2014 03:41 PM

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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#5 posted 06-24-2014 03:43 PM

i like jamie’s approach

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 05:14 PM

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 06-24-2014 05:20 PM

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 06-24-2014 08:59 PM

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 06-24-2014 09:12 PM

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 06-24-2014 09:24 PM

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 06-25-2014 12:04 AM

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 06-25-2014 12:15 AM

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 06-25-2014 12:21 AM

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 06-25-2014 09:56 AM

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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#15 posted 06-25-2014 01:03 PM

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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