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    Christmas presents... I made

    This was the only thing I got done for Christmas.

    I had never made any end grain "butcher" blocks so I tried for coasters.

    The individual cuts were 7/16" of an inch. I ended up with about 30 of them from one glue up block. I gave them to my team at work also.

    I was really happy with the precision of the blocks and alignment.

    My two kids ( 37 and 40 yo) were happy to have something Dad made.




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    Those look great and a neet idea.... hmmm coasters
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    bartee, you've given me some evil thoughts about how to get rid of some pesky odds and ends off cuts.... thanks!
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    Those came out really nice!

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    well done bart and the kids will cherish them long after we are gone..
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    I like them. Great idea.

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    First thing I thought about was chess board.... too many colors, but was my first thought.

    I like them... your kids have good taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartee Lamar View Post
    The individual cuts were 7/16" of an inch. I ended up with about 30 of them from one glue up block.
    I count 64 per coaster.. That would make them3.5 inches square, just the right size for a coffee cup or you favorite adult beverage.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Nice work!
    Were these cut on a bandsaw?

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    Yes, I used my band saw a ( HD16 w/ 4.5hp and trimaster blade).

    I ran everything thru the jointer, then did resaw to about 1/2" on the band saw.

    Next I set my planer at 7/16" and ran all of the 1st set of boards thru the planer.

    Then did first glue up.

    Next you re-saw again. The trick her is to resaw, then run thru jointer each time to get perfect clean surface. So after the 2nd re-saw each piece has a jointer side and a BS side. Next run them thru the planer. This gives you a 2nd smooth side. The trick is the planer setup did not change. So I got exactly the same thickness.

    Now you glue up again.

    Then you have a long block and I used the cut-off saw to cut off the final pieces like cookies.

    I used the 6" belt sander to remove ( most ) the saw marks.

    I did some of them with BLO and some with BLO and wipe on satin poly.

    I did not keep a picture journal. I need to make a 2nd group and keep a picture journal and post on my new blog ( and website )

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