Introduction: End Grain Coasters
In my efforts to clean up some of my scrap wood in the workshop, as well as my efforts to protect my coffee table from moisture rings, I made these handsome end grain coasters from various bits of scrap!
Step 1: Glue!
I used a waterproof wood glue to secure all of my scrap pieces together, in a pattern that I thought would look nice. I clamped it evenly and strongly and then left it to dry for about 4 hours.
Step 2: Reference Edge
I used an electric planer to flatten one side of my blank, so that it would lie flat against the fence of my mitre saw.
Step 3: True Up the Blank
I chopped of the very end of the blank so that the piece was perfectly square on the end.
Step 4: Cut the Coasters
I clamped a stop block to my fence so that the coasters would be the same thickness. I then cut out as many coasters as I wanted using the mitre saw.
Step 5: Finishing
I sanded all the coasters up to 240 grit, and then gave them all a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil.
Step 6: Felt Pads
I cut some squares out of a sheet of self adhesive felt, and stuck this on to the bottom of the coasters to stop them from scratching anything they are placed on.
Step 7: Done!
I now have a lovely set of coasters instead of a pile of scrap.
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