November 12, 2015

Wood Slice Holiday Coasters {Power Tool Holiday Challenge}

It's time for another Power Tool Challenge and this month's theme is the Kris Kringle Holiday Edition!

Last Spring during a freak snowstorm we lost two 50+-year-old trees in our back yard. Thankfully we have a backyard firepit so the firewood will come in handy. It took an entire weekend to cut up all that wood. Last week while sipping my morning java and admiring cursing the freshly fallen snow from my kitchen window my eyes caught a glimpse of that wood pile. Ding Ding on went the boots and I headed straight for that woodpile in search of the perfectly sized log to make Wood Slice Holiday Coasters for this challenge!

DIY Wood Slice Holiday Coasters

If you haven't heard of the Power Tool Challenge, it is a group of tool savvy, skill sharing blogging friends who encourage and empower our female readers to step out of their comfort zones and try simple projects they can make themselves using a power tool.

Power Tool Holiday Challenge

For this project I only used one power tool, a compound miter saw to cut the log into slices. Affiliate links are included in this post to help you find the products I used.

DIY Guide to cut Wood Slice Holiday Coasters

To get perfectly sized and straight slices, nobody wants a wobbly coaster, we (as in Mr. Frugalista and I) rigged up a wood guide using the mitre saw clamp and a piece of 2" x 4" lumber.  Measure the distance from the end of the wood guide to your saw blade. To do this, pull the blade down so it's next to the wood guide and measure the space (desired thickness you want your coasters) and clamp in place. Mine measure 1/2" thick wood slices. 

Cutting wood slices using a compound mitre saw for Holiday Coasters

Prior to making each cut, adjust the log so it fits flush against the wood guide. I'm not going to lie, it's a bit of a pain holding the log flush while cutting. But if I can do it, you definitely can!  This ensures a consistent thickness to each wood slice.  Don't forget to wear eye protection.

Log cut into slices for DIY Holiday Coasters

Using 180 grit sandpaper, I smoothed the top surface of each slice.

180 grit sandpaper to smooth tops of wood slices for Holiday Coasters

In PicMonkey, I created a graphic for each coaster.  I've included a printable for you if you'd like.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BysJ2UcnS7Q1NXlxQzdLX2tzeTA/view?usp=sharing
PRESS PHOTO FOR PRINTABLE

Using carbon paper, I simply traced each letter onto the slices.

Use Carbon Paper to trace graphic onto Wood Slice Holiday Coasters

With Fine and Ultra Fine Black Sharpie Markers, I traced over the pencil marks and let the ink dry over night.

Sharpie Marker Graphics on Wood Slice Holiday Coasters

The following day I sprayed two coats of  Shellac over each wood slice to seal and protect them.  I added four felt pads onto the bottoms to prevent table top scratches.

Option 2:
If you have an inkjet printer change the settings to print the graphic in reverse (mirror image). Tape wax or freezer paper, wax side up, onto cardstock (ensure all the corners are not lifting).  Print the graphic onto the wax/freezer paper. Depending on your printer it may take a few tries as it can be prone to paper jams. This part can be a little frustrating but trust me, you'll have success.

Remove the wax/freezer paper from the cardstock and cut around each graphic, being careful not to smudge the ink. Place the graphic print side down onto the wood slice and carefully rub with the back of a sharpie marker until the graphic transfers onto the wood. Unfortunately my atttempts at trying this method failed and I suspect it was because I used a laser printer.

That's it!

Set of six DIY Wood Slice Holiday Coasters

The message on each coaster relates to enjoying a holiday cocktail.

DIY Wood Slice Holiday Coasters

The extra fun part about this challenge is that, like the theme "Kris Kringle" suggests, these coasters are being sent to one of my blogging friends in this challenge.

Secret Santa gift, shhhhh!

Easy DIY Wood Slice Holiday Coasters for Power Tool Holiday Challenge

UPDATE: There it is my big fat spelling mistake that I didn't notice until after I published this post! Instead of removing the photo I decided to keep it real. So yes, JOLLY is in fact spelled with two L's.

Now it's time to see what Holiday projects my talented friends created. If you like and are inspired by what you see, please do not pin from the pictures below. Follow the link to their blog and pin directly from their post.



A BIG Thank You to the following for featuring this project:
The Cottage Market              

I'm sharing this project at the following LINKY PARTIES

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