I assume you have coconuts without husks.
" Drill + 2 circular drill bit
" Sand Paper (coarse + fine) + Steel Wool
" Belt Sander (optional)
" Safety Glasses
" Flat-head Screwdriver
" Canvas Drop-cloth (or any fabric)
" T-square or other measuring/aligning tool
" Stencil/Stencil material
" Paint + Paint brush
" Stuff for Hemming (Regular Weight Stitch Witchery- iron-on) Hot glue
" Xacto Knife
" Wax (optional)
" Elbow Grease
Step 1: STEP 1: Coconut Time (drain, Cut, and Clean)
Put on your safety glasses. Using your drill & 2 circular drill bit, begin cutting discs around the coconut. Youll probably get 6 or more discs per coconut depending on how close you cut and the size of your coconuts.
Be careful. As soon as you feel the bit cutting easily its time to back off. You want the disc to stay attached to the meat because you can then pry the disc from the meat with your screwdriver. Dont worry if meat is still attached, you can use your screw driver to cut/scrape/pry the meat away.
Make as many discs as you can. You can always use them for something else later. Also, the scrap coconut pieces work for other projects, too.
(WARNING: The disc may actually lodge in the 2 circular bit. If that happens, take the bit off the drill, unscrew the nut holding the circular bit to the shaft, and pull apart. You will then be able to easily get the disc out. I counted 5 times that I had to go through the process.)
Step 2: STEP 2: Sand Discs
(I used a belt sander, though you can do this step with coarse sand paper.)
Stand your belt sander upright. Put on your safety glasses. Most belt sanders have a very coarse paper so LIGHTLY sand the fiber/hair from the discs. Once youve done your 12, put on a 120 grit belt and sand more go with the grain as much as possible. (You are going to get grooves in your coconut. If you freehand the whole thing then itll come out much nice, though itll take you forever.) Once youve obtained as much dark brown as you want, switch to a fine (220+) paper. Rub, rub, rub keep rubbing, you want as smooth a surface as you can get. After youre done with the paper, switch to the steel wool and rub, rub, rub. Steel wool does not hold the dust and helps clean your disc.
Patience will determine how smooth and flawless your discs will be. _
Now, time to polish. You can use wax, poly, or clear enamel if you want. Wax would be my choice out of these three options. BUT, I use human oil. I work the top of the disc with both thumbs, like a worry stone. Its not quick, but you can work on them when you are watching TV, etc and you dont have to mess with chemicals, just natural skin oils. How green is that?
Step 3: STEP 3: Fabric Time (wash, Measure, and Grid)
After washing, use your favorite measuring device and grid your fabric with the pencil. I suggest a 1 margin and 2.5 squares, since your coconut checkers are 2. The 1 margin is for hemming.
Step 4: STEP 4: Stencil Time
Step 5: STEP 5: Hem