Now that we’re settled in to our new place, I’m learning a few key things. For instance, it would be really helpful to have a dishwasher in our next place. Or, most importantly, I’ve learned that marble counter tops really suck. Seriously, everything stains them… it’s awful. In helping limit the amount of water stains that magically appear on our marble countertops, I decided it was time to make some coasters. These guys were made from some scrap poplar I had in my shop, and took about 30 minutes to build. Want to see the video tutorial instead of reading all about it? You can find it on YouTube!
What I like most about this project is that it doesn’t require the use of too many fancy tools. It’s also a fun project for gift giving as well!
Here’s how I did it (and you can too)!
PS. If you want to skip all the fancy reading, you can watch this tutorial on YouTube!
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What You’ll Need:
Computer & Printer
Paint Brush/Staining Supplies
1. Print out 4×4″ hexagon shapes from your computer and loosely cut them out. I resized my hexagons with the basic photo viewer on my computer.
2. Tape your hexagons to your board. Try to keep them as straight as possible.
3. Match the miter saw blade up with a line on one of the hexagons. Mine ended up being a 30 degree cut.
4. Cut your large board into smaller pieces. Mine ended up being triangles. Don’t cut out your hexagons yet – that comes next.
5. Once you have smaller pieces, begin to cut out your hexagons by keeping the miter saw at the angle you used before (i.e., all of my cuts were 30 degrees). If your wood pieces are too close to the blade, make sure to use a clamp to secure them when they are cut.
6. Once your shapes are cut, remove any excess paper and tape.
7. Sand down your coasters.
8. Stain your coasters. I used Varathane Stain in Dark Walnut.
9. Once the stain is dry, use Polyurethane to waterproof your coasters. I used 3 coats to be safe.
Now you can protect your temperamental surfaces from those awful beverage stains!
I love that this project is totally customizable! The dark walnut color looks great on our white marble and still matches all of our furniture. How’s that for a quick and easy project?
What do you guys think? Do you see yourself making these in the near future? I hope so! If you choose to, and have questions, make sure to reach out and let me know!
In the meantime…