Coasters – Episode 2

Coasters 2

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The first process in shaping the coasters is accurately cutting and planing them square. Once this is done Paul introduces an ingenious method using a jig to ensure the four corners are cut and planed evenly. The final step is to create a holder for the coasters which is made by cutting some very fine mortice and tenons, then apply the finish of your choice.

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  1. waltnutt on 19 November 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I noticed you use Phenolic plywood for your shooting board. Is that better than just pine? Are there advantages? I am thinking about making a new one.

  2. Eddy Flynn on 19 November 2014 at 5:46 pm

    thanks for a great project that is so necessary in every household .

  3. bdjackson on 19 November 2014 at 6:07 pm


    Have you ever thought about using a toggle clamp while planing. Not that it takes that long to remove and replace the bar clamps you use anyway. Just a thought, but was curious about your thoughts since you are big on economy of time.

    Always Learning,

  4. bilya on 19 November 2014 at 6:41 pm

    At 30:45, Paul mentions that it would be harder to get clean mortises parallel to the grain in softer woods e.g. cedar. Any tips?

  5. david o'sullivan on 19 November 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I enjoyed that.Thank you very nice

  6. mcael on 20 November 2014 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for that Paul, most enjoyable

  7. adrian on 20 November 2014 at 3:16 am

    Great idea for using small drop scraps and nice gifts too.
    Thanks to you and all your staff. Happy Holidays

  8. Florian on 20 November 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I might have missed it – why did you apply the finnish before gluing up?



  9. William Goodwin on 21 November 2014 at 12:51 am


    Thanks for your holiday videos. I look forward to them every year. Last year I had my two grandsons in the shop with me. This year a friend and I are running a batch of these coasters to give our families as gifts.

    Happy holidays

  10. mike melendrez on 21 November 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you most appreciative. A gift that will last a life time.

  11. STEVE MASSIE on 21 November 2014 at 10:49 pm

    I finally got a chance to watch this video in it’s entirety, every time for the last couple Day’s I had to stop. Paul I really like this project and plan on making several of these for sure, great gift’s my ( 2 ) Grown kids have placed their order’s all ready LOL.

    Thanks again for another great project.


  12. gwslgs49 on 18 April 2015 at 5:06 am

    Great work Paul. Watching and learning from you is so rewarding.

  13. António on 5 December 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Thank You WWMC Team!

  14. Randall Cates on 14 November 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Really like this and it’s what I’m doing next for Christmas presents!

    For those of us without the long-jawed clamps, how about using double-sided tape to hold the pieces in to the jig for removing the corners? Would that be an acceptable alternative?

  15. Stephen Tyrrell on 3 November 2020 at 8:40 am

    Great gift idea. Thank you! Can you explain though,how you decide which way to plane the end grain when breaking the edges?
    Thanks and regards

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