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In this instructable I will show you how I made a belt buckle at virtually no cost.

You will need:
Firewood (branch)
Sand paper (80, 120, 240, 380, and 600 grit)
Linseed oil
Tung oil
Wire coat hanger
Wire cutter
2.0 mm drill bit
Power drill
Super glue

The style shown in this instructable is the "natural" style. Stay tuned for the "clean cut" style that should be up in the next two weeks.

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Step 1: Pick It

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Pick whatever piece of wood you want but I suggest something that is ~2.5 in wide. I ended up using an almond branch.

Step 2: Cut It

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Simply use your saw to cut a few disks of the wood, make it whatever width you prefer.

Step 3: Sand It

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Sand the show side progressing from 80 grit, to 120, to 240, to 380, and finally 600 to make it nice and smooth. (I forget the exact numbers of the sand paper but it's something along those lines)

Step 4: Oil It

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Get a dab of linseed oil or two on your finger and rub it into the surface of the buckle, let it soak in. Then finish with tung oil.
clusterflop8 months ago

Where's the "clean cut" version you promised?

mdearborn1 year ago
definitely going to do this

It looks beautiful!

wilgubeast1 year ago

That is awesome. Repurposing a hanger makes a lot of sense, and the final piece is a perfect complement for a beard and flannel. Looking forward to the clean version.

Looks great! Love the natural look :)