Well, what do you think if your following along making your own coasters? A pretty simple project but a very rewarding project to see that checkerboard pattern. Below I’m going to talk about how I took a few extra steps on how I elevated the project as well as finished it. All these steps below are just my take on it and you could finish it however you please that’s the joys of woodworking, creating and general making.
I chose to round over both sides the coasters I made using a 1/4” round over. Using a 1/4” rounder bit might have been a little excessive but for some reason, my smaller ones have seemed to spun there way out of the door. When freehand routing make sure you’re using good practices and going in a left to right directing. You can learn more about freehand routing by visiting here.
My least favorite part of woodworking is sanding. Maybe a Festool sander will improve my hatred toward sanding. For sanding, I started with an 80 grit to remove the marks left behind by the bandsaw. Then moving to 120 grit, 150 grit and finishing with 220 grit. 220 grit seemed like that was a good stopping point for me and the surface I was looking to achieve. You could decide that you like a higher grit, go for it as I mentioned that’s the joy of woodworking.
This was my first end grain anything I guess my building block (no pun intended) to building my first end grain cutting board. I really didn’t know what type of finish to go for on this so I did a little bit of searching and a lot of people use mineral oil on cutting boards. They will also mix in beeswax with the mineral oil probably because it’s a food surface. I then researched for coaster finishing and there was a lot of push for using poly so that’s what I used. If anyone has recommendations on books to read for finishing please comment below I lack greatly in my knowledge of what finishes to use when.