Monday, January 27, 2014

Rustic Coasters

Purchased a bandsaw late last year and was looking for the first project to test the bandsaw.

Its not just about adding skills but also very important to build a community around us. A community who can appreciate hand crafts in the age of mechanization and automation (a.k.a the age of oil) . The coasters from a wooden log are simple to make and servers the above purpose.

Leveraged the local community of woodworkers at to find a well dried log of wood. The steps of make a coaster are relatively simple:

  1. Scrape the excess bark from the wooden log
  2. Cut the wood pieces in the equal thickness. I used 3/4" thickness and the ones I made of 1/2" thickness would break after they fell from my hand onto the floor.
  3. Sand the coasters with sand paper of 80, 120 and 150 grits progressively
  4. Apply 3 coats of finish.  Once a coat is dry, use 0000 steel wool to smooth the excess finish.
I have two videos describing the whole process.

Lesson Learnt:

  • Use a miter saw to cut the wood instead of a bandsaw and miter saw provides more stable platform than a bandsaw.

Hope you will enjoy the video and perhaps try making a few of your own. Would love see the pictures of your work and hear your comments.

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