Made some coasters for my son and his friends. He attends George Washington University and lives in a house on Olive St. that has earned the nickname “The Olive” from his fraternity brothers. I put together some royalty free logos and designed the coasters in Inkscape. I engraved them on proofgrade maple and coated them with resin. I cut peel and stick cork and applied that to the bottom. I used magnets to keep the cork flat while being cut to size. Once I had the system down, I made some more for one of his best friends who lives at another of their fraternity outposts named “The Lion’s Den.” Reliving college vicariously through coasters? Guilty. It beats the alternatives!
I bought Envirotex Lite resin at Michael’s, because I could buy a small quantity. I removed all the masking on the surface, also using compressed air to clean out debris. You must keep the masking on the bottom because it peels the excess resin off. It’s almost impossible to get rid of without sanding if you don’t. I elevated the coasters on squares of corrugated cardboard that I cut with a utility knife from some IKEA packaging. You’ll need a small blowtorch to get rid of bubbles and this is tricky. They are readily available on Amazon along with the butane you need, but you need a very light touch to get rid of bubbles without heating the wood which creates bubbles that are impossible to get rid of. You need a good drop cloth to protect your surroundings. Still haven’t told my wife about the small spill I had !
Looks fantastic! I’ve tried several coats of polyurethane spray and I never get the shine you got on this! I’m (clearly) not educated on my coatings. Would I be looking for a can of resin that I “paint” on? Or a spray? Or…?
Edit: I see you’ve answered this question already.
That’s a thing?! I always get a roll of thin cork from Michael’s and glue it onto my coasters. Your way seems to much easier!