Ideal for someone who has just received their new scroll saw or a younger budding woodworker, our wooden heart coasters project is great for those who like simple home accessories. The set would make a gift a fantastic gift for family or friends too. And remember, if you don’t have all of the tools listed, panic not! It is simply a guide of what we used – other tools may be substituted in.
What you'll need
Let’s get started…
Struggling to keep the kids entertained at home? Our next Beat The Boredom project is ideal for younger kids. In just a few steps, create something simple yet practical with our super cute wooden heart coasters project. If you have some thin wood material in your workshop, this is a great woodworking project to try. The coasters will protect your surfaces from water marks and stains whilst adding character and style to your space. For convenience, the coasters are neatly stored in a caddy holder when not in use.
Part 1 – Mark up and cut out
We suggest using hardwood as it will stay flatter but just about anything would do. In our example, we used a small piece of 6mm ply. This looked just enough to make a set of four heart coasters as well as a caddy holder for them.
Firstly, measure up to check the material you’ve chosen is suitable. We found that we could get two x 92mm coasters cut from the piece of board we had. With this in mind, we marked up to cut out 4 x 92mm x 92mm squares.
To get our heart coasters exactly as we wanted them, we printed out a number of different size shapes to see which suited. Using a low tack adhesive, we then stuck the paper cut out to the centre of one of the coaster squares.
When you are happy with the look and positioning of the heart shape, continue to cut the other three coasters out. To save time, we wrapped ours in masking tape to ensure all of the heart coasters looked identical. We were confident that the scroll saw and blade we used would cope with the thicker material. However, if you find it easier, simply do the heart coasters one at a time. Finally, lightly sand and leave to one side.
Part 2 – Make the caddy holder
Using the remaining timber, we set our sights on making a caddy / holder for our wooden heart coasters. Firstly, using a coaster as a guide, mark up the base of the caddy. Leave approximately 2mm all round to form the square base of the caddy. If you have one in your workshop, carefully cut on the scroll saw.
With the four heart coasters stacked on top of the base, mark out. Proceed to cut four caddy sides.
Part 3 – Finish and decorate
To finish, sand up and round over all edges.
In our example, we decided upon a bit of colour and opted for a washed, distressed look.
To achieve this look, we applied a coat of green dye before finishing off with a cast of liming wax. This worked brilliantly and provided a surprisingly durable finish, making it ideal for a small indoor project like this.
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