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 www.ncwoodworkers.net to find a well dried log of wood. The steps of make a coaster are relatively simple:
- Scrape the excess bark from the wooden log
- 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.
- Sand the coasters with sand paper of 80, 120 and 150 grits progressively
- Apply 3 coats of finish. Once a coat is dry, use 0000 steel wool to smooth the excess finish.
- 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.