I usually save this one for myself but, Christmas is impending and if I can help out a family member, so be it. Just forward 1-cent per coaster royalty to me as my Christmas gift
When I am milling stock and then cutting parts, I often end up with partially milled scrap. You know, good on a couple of perpendicular sides but, not so good on the others. I know, this only happens to me. Take two such pieces and glue them together, clamp them and set them in the corner. Later on you will find yourself with another couple of such pieces. Glue them to the ones waiting patiently in the corner for company.
Later on you just may find yourself with another couple of pieces. Yep, that's right, glue them and clamp them to the growing laminated blank and set them in the corner. If things start to get too ugly, joint one surface and then joint another surface perpendicular to that. Now you can glue the next victims to those faces, etc. etc. etc. The secret here is to be really random.
As Christmas gets closer you may find something like this in the corner.
Joint and plane it to about a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" blank. Saw off one end and sand flush and true to the other sides. Sorry, this is a simulated progress pic. The actual progress pic got lost somewhere back in time.
Now go over to the bandsaw and slice it up like a loaf of bread. I go with 1/2" slices.
Give them a dip in BLO and set them out to dry. I don't remember what came in the plastic package but, it was the perfect size . Return occasionally to wipe away any BLO that is still weeping from the end grain.
And you end up with several sets of these. I ended up with 6 sets of 4 and a spare to take to work.
Wrap 'em up purdy and give them to your loved ones.
No kidding, people dig these