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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-24-2020, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Coasters? You mean there are people who actually let go of their can of beer? How amazing.
Get full of coasters, those would make an amazing looking chess board.
Just goes to prove, there is no such thing as scrap wood, only small pieces of wood waiting for an idea on how to use them.
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They are super nifty. Great way to use up the ton of board inches of lumber you have.

Really like the holder design.
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Those are very nice . Love how you implemented the different woods

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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Loved your take on the coasters. I myself have been coasting along and looking for something to do as we are still in Lockdown in Scotland. I love the comparison of woods you have utilised. It really makes them pop. Like most woodworkers I am always reluctant to throw away cuttings, but they do gather and clutter the workshop. I like the fact that with your project you donít need large pieces. Well done. You have given me the impetus to have a go. I need quite a few coasters as I drink quite a lot.

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they are very pretty
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Like your use of scraps. I get so many cut offs, i.e. scraps that I finally bought an outdoor pit to burn them. Many pieces are walnut. After I get 3-4 tubs, I have to get rid of them. Takes up too much space. Pen turners would love to have some of my walnut cut offs.


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Barry you did a great job making great use of your scrap. Wish my scrap was as nice. Curious how thick the wood on the coasters is? Your holders look very sturdy and well made. These should certainly make the Food Bank very happy and bring a nice price.

Thanks for posting this.
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What a beautiful and thoughtful thing you do!

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Recently I went through and collected the scraps and glued them back together to make boards to make stuff out of. They turned out quite nice . I used strips down to 1/16' for accent in colors. It takes a bit of work and a lot of glue, But the results are spectacular.


You do need a thickness planer/jointer and a Drum sander,or power sander, like belt sander.
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