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Photos and video: Student group makes coasters for College of Natural Resources and Environment's 25th anniversary

September 13, 2017

Finished coasters are on display at the Brooks Forest Products Center. Putting a seal on  the coasters is the final step in the process.
Finished coasters are on display at the Brooks Forest Products Center. Putting a seal on the coasters is the final step in the process.

When a tree on campus came down with a deadly disease, the wood needed to be repurposed. The white oak ended up at the Thomas M. Brooks Forest Products Center one day, so the Society of Renewable Resources (SRR) made use of it.

With the 25th anniversary of the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) coming up on Sept. 15, students in the SRR began making 500 coasters in June.

The process includes cutting the wood down to the right dimensions and design, laser engraving the design on both sides of the coasters, sanding the coasters, then soaking them with a seal. Watch the video below to see how it all happens.

The coasters will be given as gifts at CNRE's 25th anniversary celebration. SRR is also selling some coasters with a modified design during the Share Fair on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon by the Duck Pond.

Photos and video by Olivia Coleman

Slabs of wood sit on the floor of the Brooks Forest Products Center waiting to be used.
Slabs of wood sit on the floor of the Brooks Forest Products Center waiting to be used.
A computer numerical control (CNC) machine is used to cut the coasters.
A computer numerical control (CNC) machine is used to cut the coasters.
A vacuum seal is used to hold the wood in place as the CNC machine cuts it into coasters.
A vacuum seal is used to hold the wood in place as the CNC machine cuts it into coasters.
The CNC machine runs a program to move the blade to cut the wood into coasters.
The CNC machine runs a program to move the blade to cut the wood into coasters.
Students use Adobe Illustrator to laser print the 25th anniversary design on the coasters.
Students use Adobe Illustrator to laser print the 25th anniversary design on the coasters.
 A freshly sealed coaster lays out to dry at the Brooks Forest Products Center.
A freshly sealed coaster lays out to dry at the Brooks Forest Products Center.

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