Paper proves itself a lot tougher than it looks in a new video from carpenter John Heisz of the I Build It website and YouTube channel. In the simple two-minute video, Heisz uses one sheet of regular white printer paper to cut out a round saw-blade shape, and inserts it in his saw.
It seems like the thin piece of paper can’t possibly cut anything, but he builds up slowly, testing the blade on paper, then cardboard, then finally moving on to a small piece of wood, which it slices through easily. When Heisz tries a thicker cut of wood, the paper blade chugs halfway through before crumpling up against the wooden surface and surrendering in a torn heap of dead tree.
“While this really doesn’t have any practical applications, it was interesting to do,” he writes on his site. “Even more so, since the paper I used was nothing out of the ordinary, just regular printer paper with no special treatment. Add to that the time of year (it was hot and humid, making the paper fairly limp with moisture), it’s amazing that it worked at all.”
“I did make another ‘blade’ to test it on a piece of aluminum, but it more or less just polished the edge before wearing out.” he added. “The abrasiveness of the paper works well on wood, but is no match for anything harder.”