Week 3: Coasters

This week I designed and build these wooden coasters (Figure 1).

Figure 1:  Coasters

Figure 1: Coasters

First I designed and drew three patterns in Adobe Illustrator (Figure 2).

Then I placed these patterns into another illustrator file that mapped out the coasters for the laser cutter.  Each coaster consisted of three parts, one 4” circular base with a 3.55” circular pattern etched on top, and two rings (Figure 3).

Figure 3 : Coaster Laser Cutting Layout

Figure 3: Coaster Laser Cutting Layout

Figure 4 shows the process and results after laser cutting.

Two rings were glued to each base in order to create a rim for the coasters (Figure 5).

Figure 5 : Glue setup

Figure 5: Glue setup

Once the glue dried, I sealed the coasters with polyurethane and they were ready for use.  Figure 6 shows the final product.