Have you ever knocked over a cup of water and soaked the project you were working on? I did yesterday. I always keep water and a chip brush handy when I'm gluing wood- I like to clean up the glue that squeezes out when you clamp wood while it's still wet instead of sanding dry globs of it after the fact. This quick spill-proofing sleeve will keep your work surface dry.
Step 1: Stuff You'll Need
- Tape Measure
- Combination Square
- 2" Washer
- Hole Saw
- Palm Sander
- Band Saw
- Chop Saw
- Disc Sander
- Table Router
- Drill Press
- Wood (at least 1 1/2" thick)
Step 2: Choose a Piece of Wood
I found this on site, I think it's walnut. You could do this with any kind of wood, but a hardwood like this will last longer.
Step 3: Cut and Square the Edges
Cut a section of the board against the straightest side, This will give you a right angle to start with. Starting with the fresh cut side, cut a 5" X 5" square.
Step 4: Make a Square, Drill the Cup Hole
Measure the cup and choose a hole saw that's slightly bigger than the cup. Draw an 'X' from corner to corner on the piece of wood, and drill a pilot hole at the center. Use a hole saw to cut the cup-hole
Step 5: Make an Octagon
Draw a line perpendicular to the X. The center point should be the same distance from the circle as the square sides are. This will give you a perfect octagon, but it can really be any shape you want. The band saw will give you straight cuts quickly, but you can do this on practically any saw.
Step 6: Finishing
Use a 2" washer as a guide to mark 1" radiused corners with a pencil. A disc sander will give you flush edges, but you can finish the edges with any kind of sander. I also used a table router with a 1/4" radius bit for some nice rounded edges. I left mine raw, but if you really want to get fancy use some danish oil.