Monday, September 23, 2013

Wood Coaster Tutorial

When you are married to a wood-aholic, it's just a matter of time that you find your coasters replaced by wood coasters...from a log. 


Fortunately, for you {that is, if you are interested}, the wood-aholic is sharing how to make your very own wood coasters.

First, and not surprisingly, you'll need to find a log, preferably one that is about 4 inches in diameter.


Using a mitre box, cut 1/4-1/2 inch sections off of the log.

 

Cut as many sections as you want, taking care to protect your fingers as you get close to the end of the log.   Though these coasters are unique, they aren't worth losing a finger for.


Once you've finished cutting out your coasters, you'll want to sand them.  Sand the rough edges of the bark and both the top and bottom of the coasters.


Next, apply a layer of polyurethane to your coaster.  


You can see the difference between the coaster that is uncoated (or finished) and the one that is coated with polyurethane.


Once they've dried, your coasters are complete.


Decorate with them.


Or enjoy them for their intended purpose.




Cheers!

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26 comments:

  1. Those are so simple and beautiful at the same time. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Erin. I guess the woodaholic proved himself again :)

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  2. Love these Amy!! Sooo rusticly beautiful!

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  3. Cute! I've been seeing these all over the place in fancy stores (they also use bigger ones as cheese boards, etc.). I'm also very impressed by your fancy Mojito glasses!

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    1. Oh, I am not sure if I should mention the bigger ones to the woodaholic or not. I'm almost afraid instead of him collecting logs, he'll start collecting stumps :)

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  4. Gorgeous! Love your styling and photography, too.

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  5. Love the look!!! perfect for entertaining, as they're a little different.

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  6. Looks good. I have some of these and I love them! Does that make me a wood-aholic too?

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  7. I really like them, My parents have a lot of things made out of branches, beautiful. I love Mr WWH is a Ryobi fan, we are too :)

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  8. I wish I was married to a wood-aholic! So jealous. ;) I wish I knew how to work a saw so I can make those coasters myself. Love 'em! Do you plan on selling any in your shop?

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  9. Gasp! LOVE this idea! I saw some in one of Karen Valentine's photos the other day, and I wanted one then... now that you've shared this, it's just confirmation - gotta get some sad, dying tree somewhere to give me some fabulous coasters/decor pieces. So creative!

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  10. Amy your guy did a nice job on those! The polyurethane really makes the wood grain pop out on them. I was just at a wedding where they had thick slabs of wood on every table and had a fall lantern and some leaves sprinkled around on them. Really pretty. (And yes to mojitos!)

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  11. love these!...we had them all over the place for our wedding. hope you are well and grace is enjoying school:)

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  12. Your hubby is so cool!! I want stump chairs in my backyard:)

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  13. Wow these are so cool Amy! They look fantastic under the plant. I think they'd make really great gifts too :) Your hubby did a great job!

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  14. oh how cute is this Amy..i love how the wood's natural texture & color is highlighted after applying polyurethane♥

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  15. I will not show these to my husband. He has too many other projects to get done first!

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  16. These are cool Amy. Your hubby is so handy. These would make great, (cheap) Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing:) Di

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  17. Pretty! I would cut off a finger.

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  18. Oooh... I want a mojito! And those coasters. They are divine. I love that rustic look. And that sander?!? That's serious business!

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  19. Thanks for the tutorial!! These are really cool. I also liked the chalkboard version you shared today :)

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