A simple router jig is the secret to making the lattice-like patterns in these coasters. And once you have everything set up, the process is almost automatic.
As woodworking projects go, a set of coasters may sound like something you’d expect to find in a first-year high school shop class. But this set of coasters is proof that even the most basic projects can be turned into something interesting. There’s a lot more to these coasters than simply cutting out some round discs from a thin board. The center of each coaster has a series of curved grooves routed on each face. The grooves are offset just enough to create a lattice pattern. (They remind me of waffle fries.) And no set of coasters would be complete without a custom caddy to hold them when not in use. Although the caddy we’ve come up with is simple and understated in design, creating the curved side walls requires a bit of careful sawing at the band saw. All in all, this small project doesn’t require a lot in the way of time or materials to build, making it an ideal gift project. But as a woodworker, I think you’ll find it offers enough building challenges to pique your interest.
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.