This is an awesome toy that my third graders make in the wood shop at school. It is a wonderful activity for them to become adept working with hand tools such as coping saws, hand saws, hand drills, and workbench grips. while producing a fun stacking toy that also doubles as a set of coasters!
Hand saw, coping saw, ruler, hand drill, (Or a drill press if you have access to one) 24" of 3/4 x4" pine (pine is soft and easy to cut, poplar is cheaper and more accessible but very HARD and impossible to cut with a coping saw) wood glue, pencil, paint brushes, acrylic paint (variety of colors) 8" length of 3/4 wooden dowel, 6" wooden plaque (either round or oval, available in many arts & crafts shops for about 99 cents.) and polyurethane.
Step 2: Measuring the pine
SIX, 4 inch piece, measured and marked, pine
Step 3: Cutting the cheese
clamp the wood to the workbench grips if you have them.
The wood can be clamped to a table using a portable grip if you do not have access to a wood shop. Using a hand saw cut six 4 " square pieces of wood.
Step 5: Drawing the ingredients for your sandwich
draw on the wood a guideline to cut. Two slices of bread, perhaps meat, cheese ( swiss is fun because of the holes, something round, a tomato? an onion? a burger? I want my students to work on at least one round shape. Lettuce is a must because the coping saw is really a hand held jig-saw and I encourage them to maneuver several shapes.
Step 6: Sous chef with a coping saw
Sous chef with a coping saw
Step 7: Make me a sandwich
clamp the wooden pieces to the table and begin to cut the edges using the coping saw ( a hand held jig saw) can be used to maneuver around the curly edges of the lettuce or the rounded areas of the bread or onion.