How to Make Slate Coasters





Introduction: How to Make Slate Coasters

This is a tutorial on how to create Slate Coasters. This can be created by using either re-using slate or new slate. I had made square and triangular coasters. This can be used for personal home used or great as a gift.


  • Re-used Slate or new Slate
  • Drawer and Door Closure (Optional)
  • PVA glue


  • Claw hammer
  • Ruler (preferably metal)
  • A object to engrave a line into the Slate
  • Chisel
  • Tooth brush or cloth

Step 1: Preparing

1. Mark out the measurements for the coasters with the ruler and the tool you are using to engrave. Mark out approximately 3-5cm away from the actual edge of the slate.

2. After marking out the coasters use a chisel to break the slate in sections but break 2-5cm away from the line that you have marked out. So that is looks like the picture above.

Step 2: Shaping the Slate

4. After getting the slate into pieces. Use the claw on the hammer to break the slate at the template marked out. Test on off-cuts first.

Step 3: Cleaning (and Applying Feet - Optional)

5. Clean the slate with a tooth brush to get into the ridges of the slate or clean with cloth with water also can add a cleaning agent if wanted.


6. Set the coasters out upside down so that you'll be able to apply the feet onto the coasters that that they wont scratch or mark any furniture. I had applied PVA to the feet to ensure they would be set into place. Place the feet separately apart as show in the image above.

7. Wait to dry and set the coasters or wrap them up to finish.

Thank you for taking your time to read through this tutorial. If any questions, feel free to comment down below.

Sorry for the inconvenience about the removal of the tutorial for the Up-cycled Collapsible pallet coffee table but I had been advised to remove it but couldn't so I had to replace it.



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    The eye hooks, that are attached to the ends of the legs, are inserted into holes in the table top and nuts are used to secure them.

    Any possiblity to post the plans and dimensions instead? Thanks

    A wonderful project which will be given to the retired members of my Men's Shed in Ingham Australia. Regards Dave

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    How do the legs work?

    truely a beautiful piece thank you I will have to make this

    Always blows my mind when I see metric measures, math being my Achilles heel. However, I love how this looks. Way beyond my capabilities...must make friends with a woodworker and have them build me one. ;)

    I love this project. I did something similar when I was just out of school using driftwood from the beach. I appreciate the effort and lengths you went to document the preparation and fabrication of materials.

    Like some of the others, I am very impressed with the legwork. I like knockdown furniture for its ease of storage and moving, and your piece has the advantage of looking good too. I would like to see more on the set-up of the legs. Where do they hook underneath when the table is assembled? I would like to see more detail of that aspect.

    Great job. Thanks for taking the time to document your build and sharing it with us.

    Nice idea to make the folded legs melt into each other but the dent does make them less stable, right?

    And could you provide more details regarding the glass fixture? And the underlying boards?

    This is really clever and looks really neat, especially for being made entirely of pallets

    Great Job, Please post a picture of the table upsidedown witht he legs setup.

    I have to agree with those asking for details on the legs. Frankly, the legs drew me in at first. I wanted to see how they worked and, after reading the entire thing (well, skimming) there was next to nothing about the mechanics, construction, assembly and use of the leg(s) mechanism. Otherwise - Good Job! Looks lovely.

    I'm sorry, but I don't understand how the legs work. Could you post some better pictures of the legs from under the glass, or with the glass removed?

    Love the design, looks fantastic. The only thing, for me, is that I think you've kinda worked all of the interest out of the pallets. When I use pallets, I like to see where they've come from. But that's just my opinion. Table looks amazing.

    Beautiful piece you have here Jack, thank you for sharing. What are the chances of you putting together a little GIF showing the legs folding and unfolding?

    I know I'm not the only one you would appreciate the table in motion.

    Enter this in the pallet contest!

    This is a great table. I hate how much room the legs take up when you have to move. Nice job.

    This is one of the nicest folding tables I've ever seen! I'd love to see more pictures of the process if you have them!

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    Added more of the process of the product to go with the steps for you! And thank you!