in this instructable i am going to make a simple table mat from a tree trunk. in fact it is so simple you can make it with kids age 7 and up.
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Step 1: Mark the Trunk
first you have to mark where you are going to cut.the thickness is not supper imported but try making it about 1-2 cm thick. If you are a starter or don`t want to spend money on a marking gauge you can use your finger as shown on pic 2 .
Step 2: Saw a Slab
this step is most of the work.
to start you can clamp your work piece in place withe a large clamp ore a bench vice . Make sure that you have dust masks and dust collection is running.
and you have a first aid kit nearby
the sawing will take 15-20 min so put on some music to keep yourself entertainer
Step 3: Remove Bark Ad Fill the Cracks
why remove the bark?
the bark will eventually fall of anyway so why not do it now
i used sow wood glue and sawdust to fill in the cracks
Step 4: Sanding and Oil
i used 150 grid sandpaper to make it smooth and ready to oil
TIP: for a cheap and food safe finish i use sun flower oil .it will give the wood a bit more yellow tone it works the best on darker wood but for something that will be used to put a hot pan on i don`t really care
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