End Grain Coasters

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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.

Thank you very much for reading!

-Shaun

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    I just sanded the 2x4's and then used the ordinary Elmer's Wood glue to connect the scrap 2x4's then I cut the boards into 1/2 inch slices. Then while using a stationary belt sander several of the slices got away from me and landed on the concrete floor. None of the glued pieces came apart.

    Bob

    It holds up really well so far!

    I love these things, but I only had ordinary 2x4's to play with and they looked rather boring. Then I cut them at a 45 degree angle instead of 90 degrees and the results were much better (or stranger) and for just pine that is definitely better.

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    Thank you so much! I'd love to see a picture of what you made! :D

    This is two 2x4s glued together and then cut. One row (on the top) at 90 degrees the bottom row cut at 45 degrees. All cuts are 1/2 inch deep into the wood. The 45 degree row (bottom) shows the vertically stretched effect on the grain and is now 4.25 inches wide. The 90 degree cut is still 3 inches wide. If all was squared up first, glued and then plained it could make an interesting table top or even a complete box. The ends also leave a 45 degree angle making them easier to join (glue) together.
    Staining these end pieces was impossible until I just gave up and used the Minwax 'natural 209' penetrating stain.
    Bob

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    Wow, those look great, I love that grain direction! Thanks for sharing :)

    I know about the 'be nice' thing but I have spent (wasted) a GD hour trying to get a reply and a picture sent. Now what??????
    Bob

    This is two 2x4s glued together and then cut. One row (on the top) at 90 degrees the bottom row cut at 45 degrees. All cuts are 1/2 inch deep into the wood. The 45 degree row (bottom) shows the vertically stretched effect on the grain and is now 4.25 inches wide. The 90 degree cut is still 3 inches wide. If all was squared up first, glued and then plained it could make an interesting table top or even a complete box. The ends also leave a 45 degree angle making them easier to join (glue) together.
    Staining these end pieces was impossible until I just gave up and used the Minwax 'natural 209' penetrating stain.
    Bob

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    Cool coasters. I like the wood look. This would be fun to try with scrap wood.

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    Thank you very much! :)

    How wide are your scrap pieces? Look about 2 inches?

    3 replies

    After measuring, they are 2 3/4 inches :)

    Cool - thank you. Great idea!

    Thanks very much!

    Absolutely beats throwing everything into a kindling pile. Gotta do this! Thanks!

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    Thanks!! If you make some, I'd love to see them!

    So simple yet so cool and elegant! Nice work!