Pallets are trendy right now, but I have no pallets hanging out in my garage, and I have no room for more stuff in my house, so I made these miniature wooden pallet coasters to kinda sorta get on the pallet bandwagon without actually using pallets. Kinda sorta like Indiana Jones holding on the grill of a truck in Raiders of the Lost Ark (or the top, or the back, or the bottom) without actually being in the truck.
I’d say this is another one of my easy peasy quick crafts because the instructions for this project are simple, but it does take some time to make sure all the pieces line up and stick together properly.
three (3) 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 36″ square dowels
two (2) 1/2″ x 1/4″ x 36″ rectangular dowels (I found both at Michaels)
Titebond-2 Premium Wood Glue *
some sort of wood saw – table saw, miter saw, hack saw…
If you don’t count the cost of the table saw and the wood glue, the dowels themselves cost me less than $5.
1. Cut the dowels into 4″ chunks. Note that you won’t get 9 pieces out of a 36″ long dowel, since the saw itself shears away some wood. Our table saw eats off 1/8″ on every cut. You’ll get eight (8) 4″ pieces with a small leftover piece.
2. For each coaster, you’ll need three (3) pieces of the square dowel and five (5) pieces of the rectangular dowel, all in 4″ lengths.
3. The three square pieces are the base of the pallet and the 5 rectangular pieces are the top. It’s up to you how you glue one to the other, but space them out evenly to produce a 4″ x 4″ coaster.
Tip: Only use a small dab of wood glue, otherwise, it squeezes out and leaves a stain on the joints, and takes longer to dry.
4. Once a pallet is somewhat stable, set it aside and lay a weight on top and allow it to dry overnight.
Optional: You can stain each coaster if you want an aged look, but stain after gluing since the glue is meant to work on raw wood.
I left my coasters in their natural state, unstained and unpainted. I think these work great for mugs, but will probably not protect a surface from a sweaty cold drink. And these days, all I want are sweaty cold drinks. Besides, these cuties will be more at home on an outdoor deck than on grandma’s heirloom dining table anyways!
Enjoy these golden summer days!
Speaking of wood crafting…
…and gluing pieces of wood together. If you’re up for something a bit more advanced, check out my Scrap Wood Lantern!
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