Sometimes You Just Have To Do It!

Sometimes you just have to do it yourself! You've searched the internet trying to figure out how to make something or buy it and you just can't find it or afford it. And what's worse is you know exactly what you want. You have the vision in your head and you just need to bring it to fruition.

So what do you do? You make yourself! I had the idea, I just needed the materials to create it. First I needed to figure out how big I needed this to be. Then what to make it with and where to get the materials.

Oh, did I forget to mention what I was making? Sorry...I making a coaster rack. Yeah sounds boring, but I sell coasters at art shows and I needed a way to display many coasters using as little space as possible. Laying them flat on the table just took up too much space, so that's when I decided to make this coaster rack.

I made 2 coaster racks, one for my photo coasters and the other for my fluid art coasters. I had found in the garage a 12" x 30" shelf that wasn't being used and decided that it would be a good base. I then cut it in half which gave me 2 bases at 12" x 15". I then found some molding at the local hardware store which is 1/2" x 3/4" which were cut into 15" pieces.


Once all the pieces were cut I then set the pieces on the base trying to figure out how much space I needed between rows so the coasters would sit slightly slanted. I ended up using some scrap molding for a spacer which was about 1/2". Once I figured that out I started gluing the pieces together. After a few hours of dry time, I nailed two nails per row as extra security and strength.

I primed each coaster rack, waited another hour or so the added the final coat of paint. Now in the photo, I show wood stain which I was planning on but decided last minute that a soft gray would be better and wouldn't compete with the coasters. The finish coaster rack is 12" x15" and can hold 20 plus coasters.

It's not perfect by any means, and I never said I was a woodworker, but sometimes you just have to do it yourself.


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