Do you have people in your life that are almost impossible to shop for? They either have everything, they are super picky, or maybe they are minimalists and just prefer not to have too much stuff. I can think of people in my life that fit into everyone of those categories. When it comes to shopping for holidays like their birthday or Christmas, it’s impossible to find something store bought that they will enjoy. I love looking on the internet for DIY projects and gift ideas. If someone is hard to buy for, homemade goods typically are perfect for them. So while scouring the internet for DIY gift ideas, I came across the Imgur of JohnsonJuggler. And when I saw what he had made, I knew this would be a great gift just in time for Father’s Day, along with any other occasions you may be celebrating soon. He gave us step by step instructions on how to make these unique DIY wooden coasters and they turned out beautifully. I can’t wait to make these!
He started off with some extra wood he found laying around his shop. He decided on 5 different types of wood: mahogany, purpleheart, cherry, figured maple, and he’d use walnut for the dividers.
Once he had the wood picked out, he decided to cut all of the pieces to length so they matched. Once cut, he set up the pieces that were going to be glued together.
He decided to clamp them in two stages. Once he applied the glue, he clamped the bottom and top halves. Then he jointed those and put the walnut slice between them.
Next it was time to glue the two halves together, then clamp them together while they dried.
Once everything was glued together, he cut the block down so all the sides were even and he flattened out all of the sides using a planer.
You can see here how well he glued everything together, making one large block.
Once the block was in good shape, it was time to cut them into coasters. He said this was the best part because seeing how they turned out was very gratifying.
Now it was time to sand down the edges. He went to work with a sanding block and he went from 120-150-180-220-330.
He put 3 coats of a semigloss polyurethane, and sanded them lightly in between coats.
Once done with the polyurethane, he finished them with 0000 steel wool. This made them very smooth and less shiny.
These turned out great! What an amazing gift to give someone. You could even choose different color woods depending on their home decor.
These seriously looked so simple to make and the finished project is gorgeous! If I received these as a gift, I would be more than thrilled. Not only are they homemade and from the heart, they are beautiful and would definitely be used in my house. I might have to make a set just because, and if they turned out well, then start giving them out as gifts. What an easy and satisfying DIY project!