Tile Trivet

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-16-2015 10:59 PM 1345 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished this trivet. I bought the piece of tile last year in Tucson with the intention of making it into something. It was just such a pretty pattern. It said it wanted to be a trivet…so be it!

It is a piece of 6” square tile with a maple border and a 1/2” walnut frame. The bottom center is walnut plywood. It is finished with 7 coats of Formby’s tung oil finish. The tile is glued in and grouted with black grout.

The tile is just a bit proud of the wood so it should take most of the heat from a hot pan.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-16-2015 11:24 PM

Very nice job on the Trivet. I love making them as well

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-16-2015 11:28 PM

Wonderful, Jim. I need another lifetime to act on all the inspiration I get from you and the rest of my Beloved Buddies. And potential Buddies. That is, I just sent a message to two guys I found on YT, inviting them to join us. Their names are: Cyrus Fillmore and Yuval Lahav. Utterly masterful woodsmiths. Check them out. Tell them I sent you. Mention LJs. Let’s get them in here.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 10-16-2015 11:51 PM

Thanks Larry and Mark.

Hi Larry. I have 8 tree wafers that soon will be coasters or trivets, too. They are so useful!

Hi Mark. I have Yuval as a friend on Facebook too! Yuval makes some great pieces!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-16-2015 11:54 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-17-2015 12:28 AM

Pretty Fancy Jim, I really like that. The tile is beautiful.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 10-17-2015 02:11 AM

Nice trivet Jim I like it a lot .
I may just have to get a lathe yet you are tempting me !


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 10-17-2015 03:11 AM

Jim that’s really nice. Thanks for giving a new project idea. They would make great gifts.

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#8 posted 10-17-2015 03:35 AM

Beautiful tile to trivet transformation, Jim! The round shape is an unexpected treat. Are the metered ‘corners’ reinforced in any way? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 10-17-2015 04:32 AM

Nice twist to an Old thing to make it New Again…
... wish it could happen to us humans… :) :)

COOL job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 10-17-2015 07:06 AM

I believe that I can almost hear it saying that you were right, it did want to be a trivet. And it thinks you did a good job on your part.

-- jstegall

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#11 posted 10-17-2015 10:27 AM

nice looking trivet…good job!!!

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#12 posted 10-17-2015 11:58 AM

Beautiful tile!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-17-2015 12:40 PM

Hey Jim, wait: Tucson plus tile? Was that during the gem show? I wouldn’t have imagined that people were selling tiles in Tucson! Looks very Mexican to me, no wonder why it caught my eye. You managed to get what you wanted out of it, very sweet trivet!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#14 posted 10-17-2015 12:58 PM

Nice job with the Maple border over the walnut. You highlighted the tile without taking away any beauty from it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 10-17-2015 06:08 PM

Thank you all for looking and the nice comments.
Hi Klaus. I can’t believer you don’t have a lathe yet. It will open up a whole new aspect of woodworking. You will be looking at firewood in a different light once you start turning!

Hi Candy, I did not put anything in the miters, but the 4 section have a rabbet in the bottom to accept the bottom piece of plywood and it is glued all over so I thought that would hold even if dropped. If it would fall apart, I know where there is lots more tile!!

Hi Thomas. I go to the gem show every year in Tucson and the art show in Tubac as well but this did not come from there. We bought a painted Mexican bench from Tres Amigos (;si:116801742022742702230 and they had lots of different southwest flavored tile. It was bought on whim!
The link to the tiles only:

Hi Dave, I had it setting in 4 pieces of walnut and it did not look right so I added the maple

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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