Scrap Wood Coasters

Ever since the Instagram Builder's Mini Challenge 2 - to build a cutting board - I have fallen in love with cutting boards and the challenge of designing them and creating them with beautiful, rich hardwoods. I found myself with leftover scraps of walnut that I wanted to continue using, but wasn’t sure what to do with them. Last week, I saw a post from DIY Huntress, who participated in a scrap wood challenge and she made the most beautiful coasters! This was it! My scrap wood dreams come true! 

This was seriously the simplest project and used some pretty basic tools - I used my table saw and an orbital sander, but you could probably use a miter saw for the whole project, if you don't have a table saw. If you want to create your own, Sam has both a blog post and YouTube tutorial, depending how you want to follow along with her.

Here are a few photos of my coaster progress:

 Post glue-up, I cut my blocks to 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” - you can see the end piece of the random scraps in the background!

Post glue-up, I cut my blocks to 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” - you can see the end piece of the random scraps in the background!

 Slices complete!

Slices complete!

 Before cutting board oil... posing with the cutting boards I used the scraps from. 

Before cutting board oil... posing with the cutting boards I used the scraps from. 

The technicalities: I used some leftover walnut and mahogany I had in my shop. I glued four 1" thick pieces together with Titebond III (food safe) and clamped overnight with my Bessey pipe clamps. Sam (DIY Huntress) cut her slices on the table saw first, then trimmed into squares with her miter saw, but I cut mine into 3 1/4" square blocks first, then sliced into 1/2" slices with my Dewalt table saw. I did end up with a couple smaller slices that were the end of the blocks. I used Gator Finishing 80, 120, and 220 grit sanding discs on my Dewalt orbital sander to finish my coasters. Once they were nice and smooth, I finished with a coat of Howard Products Mineral Oil.

What do you guys think?!

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Happy building!
Rebecca

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DIY Mini Sign Ornament

Every year since my son has been born, I have made a hand or footprint ornament of his little paw. This year, as my local craft store started filling with Christmas goodies, I found myself underwhelmed with the selection of wooden ornaments. Like - there were none. So, being the DIY maker that I am, I said, forget that! I'll make one myself. And with an ever-growing little hand, this turned out to be the perfect solution because I was able to customize the size just for him. Next year may not be an ornament since he is definitely not getting any smaller!

I would love to walk you guys through this easy-peasy mini sign ornament so you can make one of your very own! I will also be doing a giveaway, so if you are local, I am happy to do the handprint for you, and if not, I will mail your sign and you can stamp your little one's hand yourself.

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Supplies you will need:

  • 1/4" thick craft wood - square big enough for child’s handprint
  • 2' small trim (mine was 5/16" thick and 5/8" wide)
  • wood glue
  • white paint (I used Zinsser Cover Stain primer and Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint by Plaid)
  • wood stain (I used Varathane Briarsmoke)
  • colored acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart acrylic paint in Tartan red)
  • nail gun (optional)
  • twine & glue gun (optional)
  • table saw
  • miter saw
  • sandpaper
  • paintbrushes
  • rag and gloves
  • little person

Directions:

  1. Measure little person's hand to get the measurement for your backboard - my son is three and my board is 4 3/4" square. Use table saw to cut to size.
  2. Measure trim for sides. Two sides will be equivalent to the backboard - 4 3/4" in my case. The other two sides, you will add the width of the first two side pieces to the width of the backboard - 4 3/4" + 5/16" + 5/16"" in my case - equaling 5 3/8". Use miter saw to cut to size.
  3. Sand all wood pieces. I sanded by hand so I didn't take off too much wood with my orbital sander.
  4. Prime and paint backboard white and stain trim pieces. I love Zinsser Cover Stain primer because it keeps the white paint from yellowing over time.
  5. After backboard is dry, put a generous amount of colored paint onto a paper plate. Stamp little person’s hand into the paint, have them make a “five”, with fingers slightly separated and press down on backboard. Lift gently and allow to dry overnight.
  6. Once handprint is dry, glue trim pieces so that they are flush with the back of the backboard and raised on the front side. I allow my glue to dry for about 20 minutes, then using 3/4" brad nails, nail trim on each side for security. This step is optional… if you don’t have a nail gun, the glue should hold the trim on just fine since there won’t be any strain on it.
  7. Optional step #2: hot glue a piece of twine to the back to hang from your tree! I left mine without twine so I can either set it on a tree branch or use it on a table in future years.
  8. Enjoy and continue to remain shocked at how much the little person grows each year!
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Hugs! R + C