Here’s how to make vinyl record coasters from all those old LPs you have lying around (assuming, of course, that they’re not worth listening to anymore) …
These are by no means an original idea. I saw them on all sorts of websites when shopping for unique Christmas gifts. However, $20-45 for six or eight coasters seems like a bit much. For the same investment [for the hole saw], you can make these guys by the thousands, and by picking out your own LPs, you can select from the choicest of colors and label designs.
And while you’re feeling LP-tastic, check this out!
- 12” vinyl albums (raid the 25¢ bin!)
- Electric drill or drill press
- Bi-Metal Hole Saw (I already had a 4 1/4” saw, but if you’re buying new, go for a 4 1/2”)
- Scrap wood: a large flat piece (I used an old fiberboard shelf) and two thinner strips (1×2”)
- C-clamps, or short bar clamps
- 150-220 grit sandpaper
- Spray Polyurethane or Acrylic finish
- Stable work surface
- Safety glasses, work gloves, and dust mask (this stuff HAS to be bad for you)
How to Make Vinyl Record Coasters
1. Select your albums. Listen first, if you please, to make sure they’re worth destroying
4. Place record on scrap wood, and firmly secure the album with the 1×2”s, clamping them as close as possible to the label.
8. Apply a delicious, natural beverage, and enjoy.