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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Hi, my name is Sam and I am a scrap wood hoarder. My scrap wood pile has been climbing out of control for years. I keep every small off cut in hopes that I can create a masterpiece with it, but really it just sits around and stares at me. So, when I was invited to participate in a Scrap Wood Challenge with 17 other amazing bloggers, I jumped at the chance to partner up with my friends at DAP and create a set of scrap wood coasters! Even better, I was able to salvage some of my better hardwood offcuts with the use of three tools – a table saw, miter saw, and sander.

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Let’s get started!

The first step to curing addiction is admitting you have a problem… and I have a very large scrap wood pile to prove it. But, somewhere down the line it’s time to do something about that. So, today I’m showing you how I transformed a hoarding addiction into these beautiful wood coasters!

What You’ll Need:

Tools
Table Saw
Miter Saw
Sander
Clamps
Measuring Tape
Pencil

Materials
Hardwood Scraps*
DAP Weldwood Carpenter’s Glue
Wood Finish

* For this project I used White Maple, Walnut, and Padauk off cuts.

The Steps:

1. Choose your wood. Because this is a scrap wood project, I chose from offcuts that I have kept around for turning purposes on my lathe. Keep in mind, standard coasters are anywhere from 3 ½ – 4″ wide, so make sure to use enough material.

2. If you have pieces that are rough and need some love, you can re-saw them on your table saw.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for And, if you don’t have a planer you can use a sander to level and smooth the pieces.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 3. Make sure to cut your scrap wood pieces to around the same size. This will make gluing up easier.

4. Once your pieces are level, it’s time for glue-up! Use an ample amount of glue and make sure to spread the glue evenly across all of the boards. You’ll want to use a wood glue that’s strong, but easy to use. I chose to use DAP Weldwood Glue – I love this stuff!

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 5. Next, use a million-and-a-half wood clamps to clamp your pieces together. Let dry overnight for best results. You can either wipe the wet overspill with a rag or you can chisel it off later once it’s dry.

6. Once the block is dry, use your table saw to cut it into ¼ – ½” thick slices. I created a set of four coasters with my block.

7. Next, trim your coasters to your desired size. I used my miter saw for this and clamped each piece as I trimmed.

8. Once cut, give your coasters a good sanding to 220 grit.

9. Last, go ahead and finish them off! Make sure to use a finish that will help keep as much moisture out as possible.

Now, show them off to your guests (or give them away as an amazing present)!

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Can’t wait to see those scrap wood projects!

This post is sponsored by DAP Products Inc. All opinions, project designs, and hoarding behaviors are my own. For my full disclosure policy regarding sponsorships, please click here

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.

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20 COMMENTS

  • Sarah | Ugly Duckling House
    2 the 1 last update 2020/06/05 years ago2 years ago

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Great for 1 last update 05 Jun 2020 project, Sam!Great project, Sam!

    • Sam
      2 years ago AUTHOR

      Thanks, Sarah!

  • Kasia
    2 years ago

    These are so pretty 🙂 As for being a hoarder, well yes that’s me, hehe 😉 It drives my husband crazy 🙂 Thanks for sharing Sam, I’m looking forward to more projects and I definitely have to check your whole site out. Just got connected to internet so I think I’ll spend quite some time here 🙂

    • Sam
      2 years ago Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for AUTHOR

      Thanks so much, Kasia! Glad you love for 1 last update 2020/06/05 them – welcome aboard!Thanks so much, Kasia! Glad you love them – welcome aboard!

  • Katie Bower
    2 years ago

    Nailed it. These look great.
    xo – kb

    • Sam
      2 years ago AUTHOR

      Thanks so much, Katie!

  • JenWoodhouse.com
    2 years ago

    Love these, Sam! Such a great way to use up small scraps! xo

  • Emma Metson
    2 years ago

    Who would have thought that you can make something so uniquely beautiful just by using wood scraps. I need to take a look in our shed this weekend to see if we can do a similar project. Lovely Post, Thanks so much!

    • Sam
      2 years ago Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for AUTHOR

      I was also so shocked! I’m sure you can make something really cool with your scraps! Thanks for reading!

  • mark rookwood
    2 years ago

    Excellent idea Sam

    • Sam
      1 year ago AUTHOR

      Thanks so much!

  • CT
    1 year ago

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Hey Sam, these coasters came out awesome! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, and love the mulit-colored look you went with. I’ll have to give this a try soon.

    • Sam
      1 year ago AUTHOR

      Thanks so much! I’d love to see your version if you do!

  • Ross
    8 months ago

    Nice. What’s the red? Padauk?

    The Garage Woodshop: http://bowsaw.wordpress.com

    • Sam
      7 months ago the 1 last update 2020/06/05 AUTHORAUTHOR

      Yes!

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