Last fall David was working on cleaning up all the dead fall from one of the various storms and I had him cut a collection of slices from a small, hollow tree. I had 6 slices ranging in 3 to 6 inches thick drying over the winter. He also gave me a belt sander for Christmas because these log slices aren't the only chunks of trees I have seasoning!
I decided on one of the warm days earlier this week to use those log slices for a centerpiece. The idea was to create a holder for a bud vase.
Here are a few process shots and a mini-tutorial.
First, a shot of my new sander, straight out of the box. It will never be this clean again. I waited for a warm day to use this because I knew it would create a lot of dust. In fact, it was a windy day so all the dust scattered over the yard.
This sander has a lot of power and the log slices were rough having been cut by a chain saw. I knew I would have to devise a way to hold the wood slices in place as I sanded them. Here is my quick solution...
I nailed scraps of pine boards into a chopping block on four sides of the log slice squeezing it in place. I made sure the nails were below the height of the slice and started sanding with 40 grit sandpaper. I followed up with 80 grit paper and then moved up to David's wood shop to finish off on his belt sander with 120 grit.
I then used a wood chisel to finish the job and pop the wood center out. I made the hole smaller than the diameter of the bud vase but then used this grinding attachment to smooth it out and perfect the size of the hole.
After some fussing, the vase fit right in.
I removed the vase and put all the sanded log slices in the oven. I baked them for 2 hours at 200º in an effort to kill any critters that might still be in residence. Don't know for sure if this works but it is mentioned around the web.
After baking, I put the vase back in, added some water and the budding forsythia branches and placed them on the table in our sunroom.
The woods are still brown with few signs of spring buds but I have flowers inside!
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