Ben's Fish Trivet

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Project by Tom O'Brien posted 08-11-2015 08:42 PM 1089 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben and I made this fish trivet from red oak. Yesterday we cut all the parts and glued up the assembly. After the glue was hard, we sanded it. This morning we cut out the outline, drilled the eye-hole, and did final sanding. We applied mineral oil as a protective finish. Ben will give this to his mom and dad at a family cookout tonight.

Ben learned about hand and power sanding, drilling, glue spreading, clamping, cutting identical-length parts, power nailing (observing only), jigsawing (observing only) and simple use of a combination square. H also learned how to apply a mineral oil finish.

This project is from Popular Woodworking’s excellent book “I Can Do That”.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#1 posted 08-11-2015 08:53 PM

Strong work Ben, I am sure his parents will love it.

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#2 posted 08-11-2015 10:47 PM

That’s cool….nice work

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 08-11-2015 11:32 PM

The look on his face says it all. great job Grandpa

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 08-12-2015 01:23 AM

Ben’s mom and dad are proud of him and happy to get the handmade gift.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#5 posted 08-12-2015 02:36 AM

Nice work Ben!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 08-12-2015 03:07 AM

Way to go, Ben, and Grandpa. Great piece and great time spent together.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 08-14-2015 07:36 PM

My son and I made one of those as well. Good times.

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