I have a lot of scrap. I mean, a lot of scrap. I finally decided it was time to step away from any serious projects and try to get rid of some of it. Problem is, some of what I save is very small. I just canít throw away wood. I can measure some of it in board inches. I just made that term up but, unfortunately, itís accurate. So, coasters. Most of them are from scrap but I did have to use some good lumber as part of some of them.
I tried a new holder. Took me a little while to get it right. For the holder I was concerned about gluing the end grain of the vertical piece to the face grain of the bottom so I used my table saw jig for making splines to cut away each corner. The glue up is solid and I think it looks better.
Everything is finished with wipe on poly. After it cured I used 3,600 micromesh to make it baby butt smooth. The bottom of each coaster and the holders are self-adhesive cork.
What am I going to do with them?
Four of them will go to my kids. A few more will go to friends, once I determine which ones are ďcoaster worthyĒ. For the remainder, Iím a member of the Florida Westcoast Woodworkers Club. The club supports the Manatee County Food Bank. Each November the food bank has a fund raiser. The turners in the club make soup bowls from wood donated by the lumber yard where we meet. Well, met before the virus hit. Now itís Zoom meetings. People who buy tickets to the fund raising event get a bowl and a container of soup prepared by local chefs. Iím not a turner so that wasnít an option for me. However, they also have an auction during the event so Iím contributing the coasters for the auction. At my age, Stick knows that itís ď?Ē Iím not willing to volunteer for anything out of the house. So, whatever I can make for the food bank will help those with less than I have, and thatís not much. But, it gets rid of those board inch pieces and makes me feel like Iím making a contribution for the greater good at the same time.
If you have an open mind, youíll generally find that youíll learn the most from the people who say the things you least want to hear.