When I first approached with this idea it seemed like it would be a simple project. That should have been a warning sign right there, but my brain just thought, “Make a functional pint glass from discarded beer coasters? I wonder why no one has ever done anything like that before.” I now know the answer to that rather naive question.
|33 coasters and 5 pieces of scrap cherry|
The first trick was actually sourcing the material. Since the spirit of the ‘glass’ is a recycle project, buying new paper coasters was out the question. So I did what any logical person would do. I sent out several emails to bars that no one responded to. So, then I just started walking into places and asking for their coasters!
|Getting all this glue on is under 5 minutes was quite tricky!|
“Wait. You want to take our customers used coasters and make them into a glass?”
“Yeah, pretty much.”
“I’m sorry, we’re not interested.”
“Uh, why not?”
“Please leave now…”
|At this point, I wasn’t sure this was a good idea|
I was just on the verge of bringing a baggy pair of pants to happy hour, when I received an email from the first place I had emailed. Turns out they did get it! Thank you 3rd Street AleWorks in Santa Rosa, for coming through!
|Not quite my original vision!|
I’m very pleased with how it turned out (that it turned out at all) and I learned a lot. If I had to do it again, I would just use a hole saw, or scroll saw to cut through the paper coaster rather than turn them on the lathe! Regardless, the outcome is quite a conversation piece!
|The glass was completed in August 2014. It’s epoxy finish has completely cured and totally ‘safe’ to drink from|