|Project by Don Broussard||posted 07-16-2014 07:50 PM||2034 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
I’m working on a special birthday gift for my mother, whose birthday is August 4. I made this small trivet today to test cutting, clamping and sanding techniques, and to assess the time and effort required for each step. It’s made of scrap woods: sapele, maple and walnut. Each piece is a ¾” cube, with strips of varying thickness. One of the main things I was testing was to see how strong the bond would be between long grain glued up perpendicular to other long grain. With Titebond II, it looks like it will work just fine. I also feel pretty confident in moving on to the real project, recognizing that clamping a full-sized project will be a lot easier than this postcard-sized piece.
I used a block plane with an adjustable mouth to do the gross leveling of the piece and progressive grits on an RO sander (60-220 grits) to sand before finishing. The finish is just three wiped-on coats of mineral oil.
That peach and those blueberries look like they are gigantic, but the board is only 4-⅝” x 6-½”.
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