Last August, woodworker John Heisz blew up the internet after demonstrating the cutting power of a single piece of 8×11 paper when cut into a circular disc and mounted it like a 40-tooth wood shredder in an average table saw. Not only was this seemingly harmless piece of paper capable of delivering the mother of all paper cuts at 40,000 RPM, it was also perfectly capable of slicing through a piece of wood:

And in an age when YouTube videos documenting everything from waterjet cutting and pressing random objects are racking up millions of views, it seems only natural for there to be videos documenting what else a paper disc can cut through:

If you decide to try this one at home, you may want to consider wearing shop gloves. Just sayin’.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.