If you already have pre-cut wood slices, proceed to step 4; otherwise follow steps 1-3 to cut your wood slices. See my previous project for pictures of these first steps.
- Take the wood branch you're working with and mark your slices with a pencil. Mine are between 1/2"-1" wide. I tried to keep them uniformly thick but that was nearly impossible.
- Using a saw, start cutting the slices you need. Make a couple of extras while you're at it, in case you'll need replacements later.
- Let the wood slices dry, especially if they're from freshly cut wood. It could take weeks for them to be fully dry, depending on conditions. I let mine dry for a little over a month.
- Using a sander and a medium grit sanding paper, sand the wood slices. Set aside.
- If you're using a single piece of wood, no need to follow the next few steps. I used wood glue on four leftover fence picket pieces that I glued together.
- After the glue dried, I sanded the wood piece.