Monthly Archives: December 2011

Coaster Mirror

Coasters are a cool token of memorabilia for those of us too cheap to buy a pint glass from a cool brewery we visited. Unfortunately, coasters have a tendency to sit in a box years after being slipped slyly into ones pocket. What do you do with all those artistic coasters you’ve collected. Well, my parents wedge them between their mirror, which is where I found inspiration for this particular piece. 

Originally, the intention was to permanently fix coasters into the frame, but my personal collection was a bit lacking and I didn’t want to wait. I then realized the ability to easily add and arrange the coasters to ones preference would be much cooler. I got to designing a way to make that happen and after much deliberation, I devised a trapping system in which the edges of the two frames are routed out and lined with foam, allowing coasters to be pinched into the frame.

Why the bow in the frame you ask? Well, I could only make the lips of the frame so deep so I had to develop a way to accomodate all coaster sizes. Thus I created a bow in the outer frame that fits the biggest coasters in the center of and smaller ones nearing the corners. Plus it added an keg-like aesthetic to the frame which I am please about. 

The Coaster Mirror in all its glory. 

Untitled from Rick Olson on Vimeo.

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Dirtbag Deluxe Update from the Road

It’s been about little over a month since Charlie and Sheri hit the road with the Dirtbag Deluxe. I’m sure they’ve located most of the flaws right now, but it looks like they’re managing. There’s a new member of their family too. The two picked up a husky/lab super dog named Riley. From the looks of it’s paws, it’ll be the biggest member of the family in no time. Hope that plywood we used is canine urine resilient.