Introduction: Wood Coasters
Rustic wood coasters made from a fallen tree, when stacked together look like a tree limb. Simple, tidy, and fun!
Instead of burning that old tree in the backyard, reuse it and make it into something awesome! These stackable coasters align on a spindle attached to the bottom coaster and are a great way to protect your table top. Making your own is super easy, and a great way to give an old tree a new life.
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Ready? Let''greener''s a great Instructable for drying wood at home.
Using a handsaw I chopped the oak branches down into a manageable length and then brought it into the workshopshop. To make these rustic coasters we''t break.
Step 5: Glue Dowel
After drilling the dowel can be glued into the bottom coaster. This coaster will be the spindle that the other coasters will stack on top of.
Step 6: Stack Coasters
After the glue has dried on the dowel in bottom coaster stack the remaining pucks in order on top. We''t require any additional sanding.
Step 8: Finish
I coated each coaster with Danish Oil, which really brought out the grain and helped seal the wood against the moisture they would inevitably come in contact with. I applied 2 coasts of oil, allowing about 30 minutes between coats, excess oil was wiped clean.
Step 9: Stack and Serve
Stacked together, these coasters look like a branch, lift one off and you''m very interested. I have two extremely old barns probably early 1900''m pulling pieces as I can and searching for ideas on what to do with it. I happen to grab a couple support post that turned out to be Cedar so i gave it a try. I would really love to have a 3 month subscription so can learn more ideas and possibly market this...Thanks again
Reply 8 months ago
Donnie D - the color u''m trying to transfer photos to the wood and then use them as coasters. I''s durable and water resistant, though it may not stand up to heat as well. Always make a test piece before committing, you can work out lots of kinks along the way :) Good luck!
3 years ago
You may try tung oil. Pulls out the colors of the wood, then a polyurethane coat to preserve. I do this with all my carvings.
3 years ago
I was looking around for wood ideas because of Hurricane Matthew''survivors''s glue on both sides to prevent cracking, but they are too thin now to sand off the glue, I am going to go find another fallen tree - I know just the one - a long leaf pine, which is a hardwood - and do this your way. Will post when done. Thanks for sharing your ideas. All the time.
BTW when working with green wood, or wanting to eventually, always seal the wicking ends (the sides without the bark) with Elmer''re going to be even better with a story attached to them :)
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Here''ve been searching for a good sealant, or method, to provide extra strength for holding these saw-teeth on. Any suggestions!?
what about I used about three coats of outdoor polyurethane over the bar and that seem to keep it up keep it attached
Reply 3 years ago
Great job! Did you laser engrave those?
no I used a wood burner
Those look great, and I love them with the bark on.
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4 years ago
I have my wood cut, fresh off an apricot tree, should I for 1 last update 2020/06/03 dry the wood before vanishing it? Someone suggested doing it in an ovenI have my wood cut, fresh off an apricot tree, should I dry the wood before vanishing it? Someone suggested doing it in an oven
Wood that has not been dried termed "", meaning it may shrink and crack as it fries out. Thinner sections of wood (like the coasters you cut) could be dried in the oven at low temperatures over the course of a few hours. Alternatively you can let them air dry, but that can take months (years for larger/thicker pieces of wood).
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I love the stacking idea. I made started this last year and planning on doing it again this year. I collected the stumps of family members Christmas trees and let them dry over the year in my garage. Then I sliced them up to make coasters and ornaments. I sealed with clear poly because I was afraid the moisture from glasses would cause the wood to split but apparently that is not the case from what I hear. The ends that got too close to my hand to make any more cuts with I made into simple candle holders which my mother-in-law loves and has on her table all year long. I''s batch which has grown. I have 6 stumps drying in my garage this year as well as a few I harvested from neighbors trees when they put them out at the curb after the holiday.
Reusing old holiday trees is a great idea. Your designs are nice, I hope you can make a few new projects from last years trees. Please share pictures of your completed tree projects when you are done.
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4 the 1 last update 2020/06/03 years ago 4 years ago
Always like a good coaster set. I used a dowel to help align these plywood coasters: https://www.instructables.com/id/Plywood-coaster-loaf
Enjoy your work!
The small dowel is a good idea to keep things aligned in your plywood coasters.
I like how similar ideas using dowels and coasters can come out entirely different. :)
5 years ago
I made mine today! I used juniper, then covers it with mineral cutting board oil to finish it. Also, instead of drilling each individually, I used a drill press, drilled all the way through, the cut with a ban saw. I for 1 last update 2020/06/03 think this was easier than drilling each individually. I got rid of the saw marks by using a palm sander. I really like how they turned out. I made mine today! I used juniper, then covers it with mineral cutting board oil to finish it. Also, instead of drilling each individually, I used a drill press, drilled all the way through, the cut with a ban saw. I think this was easier than drilling each individually. I got rid of the saw marks by using a palm sander. I really like how they turned out.