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Cutting wood slices and making coasters out of them is nothing new. Unless you’re me. I hadn’t done it yet. Until now. Just in time for the Power Tool Challenge.
There is also a theme for these challenges and this month’s theme is “Favorite Power Tool”. I love all of my power tools, but right now my favorite power tool is my band saw. It’s been my favorite power tool ever since I got it a few months ago.
Let me explain why it’s my favorite power tool:
- It’s less intimidating than many power tools
- I’m able to cut curves in thicker wood
- Ability to cut thin slices
Don’t get me wrong – it’s still a powerful tool and you still need to practice safety precautions – there is a moving blade after all. But it’s less intimidating to me because the blade is small and the saw itself is not as loud as say a table saw.
I have been wanting to cut wood slices for the longest time. But there’s been a problem. I don’t have any trees. I like in a condo and don’t have a yard with trees that are mine. I think the HOA would take issue with me chopping a limb from one of the trees in the common area. They’re picky like that ; ) However, we just had some very windy weather here in the northeast and I thought my chances of finding a fallen tree limb were pretty good.
I was right!
Here’s my tree limb!
Since my plan is to cut coasters and coasters need to be a consistent thickness, I set up a jig of sorts on my band saw.
Here is what I used to set up a jig to cut even wood slices:
I wanted my wood slices to be 1/2″ thick, so I measured 1/2″ from the blade and secured a scrap piece of wood at this point onto the table of the band saw with clamps.
I then used this piece of wood as a guide when guiding the tree limb against the blade to make the wood slices.
Since my limb was still fairly fresh, I baked them in a warm oven for about two hours to dry them out.
I didn’t bother to do anything else to my wood slice coasters. I’ve seen where some people sand, paint or stain them. You can get creative and stencil designs on them too. I opted to go with the plain (and lazy) method and left mine natural. Just like nature intended ; )
Now go see what my friends’ favorite power tools are and what they have made:
H2OBungalow DIY Horizontal Wood Slat Address Plaque / My Love 2 Create – Triangle Hexagon Tray / My Repurposed Life – DIY Cutting Board / The Kim Six Fix – Scroll Saw Book Letters / The DIY Bungalow – DIY Faux Fur Foot Stool / The Interior Frugalista – Small Portable Rolling Multi Purpose Table / Designer Decor – Ornate Oval Wood Frame Update