Sorry, I am back in to working with wood after 40 years. I should have specified a circular saw blade for cross cuts. I will be hopefully cutting many 1/4 inch slices from the maple branches I put in the barn last December. They will be used for a Lions Club kid's program to let the kids make rustic christmas tree ornaments. We will have rubber stamps for the kids to use to put designs on or they can use markers and paints. I was concerned about the possibility of the rubber stamp ink bleeding out, so I tried one of my office stamps on a few of the slices cut on my table saw. The surface was smoother than new unpainted dry wall and the ink did not bleed. (I want to eliminate sanding from the prep process) The club is having a DIY holiday decoration sale. We sell greens, pine cones, holly and other rustic items for the customers to make their own decorations for at home. The slices will also be for sale there too with a few of them decorated with wood burned, scroll sawed and other designs to show what can be done.
Incidentally, I think I figured out how to attach an air compressor hose to a miter saw so I can blow the cut branch slice away from the blade as soon as it is cut so there will be no reaching for the piece or need to turn the saw off and wait for the blade to stop each time. I think if I direct it right, the slices will be pushed into a bin by the air pressure. I will clamp a stop on the fence to make each piece uniform in thickness.