I still have a lot of that hackberry tree I cut down the other day, ya’ll. Like a bunch. Making those candle holders didn’t hardly use any of it. And honestly the more of it I can use in the shop, the less I have to haul off elsewhere. So today I’m dragging you along with me on another Project To Make Out Of A Cut Down Hackberry Tree So Matt Doesn’t Have To Carry It Further Than The Workshop ™.
Cutting thin slices of these would make great coasters, which make a great gift for any OCD person in your life.
As with most of the things we’ve made so far, these are super easy to make with the right tools.
Stuff You’ll Need
Branches with diameter larger than a standard cup
Clearcoat (oil-based, for reasons I’ll mention below)
Miter Saw – you really need a miter saw for this one to keep your cuts lined up. You can do this with a hand saw if you’re steady and careful.
You’re going to want to use clamps to keep the branch tight and snug against the fence of your miter saw. The usual brace that comes with the miter saw isn’t gonna hold a branch like that well at all.
Now just cut some slices. I actually made mine different thicknesses to make them interesting, but if you want them uniform, go for about a half inch.
Sand these until they’re smooth on both sides and seal with a couple of coats of shellac, then finish with multiple coats of an oil-based clearcoat. Water-based clearcoats like Polycrilic aren’t going to work well on a coaster which is going to catch a bunch of moisture. I took my time on these and gave them 8 or so light coats of spray clearcoat. Once they’re dry and cured, you’re done!
The best thing about these is that you can make a whole bunch of these out of a single branch. Coasters for everyone! Your neat freak friends will thank you, we promise.