Here Comes The Sun Coaster - Veggie Style

Editor's Choice - Aug 19, 2014

Just a little wooden coaster of Padauk. I used our laser to engrave the design deep enough into the wood and then had the “what to inlay it with” moment. I wanted to use something that I had never tried before – so of course I went to the pantry! I had an out of date mix for pea soup – perfect! I grabbed the little coffee bean grinder and headed to my shop, ground the yellow peas and then the green peas to make a fine powder, put it into the coaster, topped it off with CA glue and waited for it to dry. A lot of sanding later – this is the finished project! Tons of fun!

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Brian ...

Great idea with the peas. That gets me thinking. Can a whole “thing” be inlaid using ca glue? I’m thinking like maybe a bay leaf or basil leaf.

Also, if you make a trivet that way, will the ca glue stand up to the heat?

MsDebbieP ...

this is awesome.
ground soup peas.. .that’s crazy thinking!! LOVE IT .. that is so far outside the box I can’t even see the box in the distance. Awesome.

MsDebbieP ...

Well done, Challenge Hero!

MsDebbieP ...

can’t wait to see the inserted basil leaf idea!

Terry ...

MsDebbieP, this was a fun challenge! I even shared the results with my laser group and got them to thinking and someone suggested I try the spice cabinet (like Brian was saying). So last night I gave it a go with lemon pepper and turmeric. The Turmeric turned out a little darker than I wanted for the Padauk – but boy did it smell good sanding!

tinnman65 ...

Very nice Terry, This seems like a project with a lot of possibilities!

Brian ...

Now go make 12 of those and use them for panels on the replacement spice cabinet door you’re going to make after. :-)

lightweightladylefty ...


I see a busy time ahead for you as you complete all the projects this idea has sparked!! Incredibly creative!!


a1jim ...

Super coaster

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Here Comes The Sun Coaster - Veggie Style