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How to Design and Laser Engrave Wooden Coasters and Trivets with Inlaid Ceramic Tiles

In this episode, I turn Portuguese tiles I bought as souvenirs into unique coasters and trivets. I use Adobe Illustrator to create engraved designs that extend the tile designs into the wooden frames surrounding them. I cut and engrave 1/8" Baltic birch plywood on a laser cutter. After assembly, I use two different finishing techniques: wipe on polyurethane for the trivets and resin for the coasters -- the resin finish will make the coasters waterproof. I use silicon feet for the bottom of the trivets and add a cork backing to the coasters. This design technique can also be used to make a custom picture frame for a very special picture!

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