Recovery projects #5: Thinking about Christmas gifts

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 10-04-2008 09:56 PM 1668 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well despite getting better by the day, I’m quite sure I won’t be up to doing a lot of Christmas gifts this year. That’s a bummer as it means I may have to buy gifts—- YIKES!!!!! I prefer to make all my gifts. Anyway, I’m trying to think of fast easy things I can make that will still be appreciated.

Have any of you made these trivets?

They look pretty easy and fast. I’m also thinking that a smaller version of these could possibly be made into a coaster if put into a “tray” that would absorb the moisture.

What other ideas would you give? I am sure I’ll be back in the machine shop at least by Thanksgiving. I’m also thinking of taking a pen turning class to brush up on that, but I’m not a big fan of turning. Any ideas would be appreciated.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 10-04-2008 11:12 PM

I did some with the router table once. I totaly screwed them up but it was really my first router table project (or first project that required more than a hand saw and hammer). They where very quick to make and really very practical gifts. I gave one to my mother and the other to my mother-in-law. Both use them all the time. Here is The Router Workshop where I got the idea. Just scroll down to “Trivets Trivets Trivets”. I also just made a puzzle with 8 penny nails and 3 pieces of 3/4 stock that is pretty cool for older kids. I hope to have it posed in the next day or two.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 10-05-2008 12:06 AM

I made some last year. Might even get them sent out this year, having road tested them for a whole year. I made mine on the router table as well.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 10-05-2008 12:18 AM

thanks guys. I was thinking of using the router table also. It would be safer than the table saw I think.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 10-05-2008 12:29 AM

Wine stoppers are nice, but if you aren’t a fan of turning….

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#5 posted 10-05-2008 02:47 PM

I’ve done trivets for Christmas twice over the years, I think I have enough scraps to make coasters this year, I made a set from redwood not long ago, once set up, it took about an hour to make six, just a thought :)
Doug in AZ.

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#6 posted 10-05-2008 07:26 PM

Thanks Doug. Did you use cork on the redwood or was the redwood absorbant enough not to need anything additional?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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