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Project by jsheaney posted 07-21-2009 06:50 AM 2419 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a trivet I made as a house warming gift. It’s based on a picture I saw after doing a search on the web.

The wood for the base, from the center out, is domestic cherry, ebony, brazilian cherry and walnut. They slats are brazilian cherry. I used one coat of Bush oil to bring out the grain. The walnut on one side, in particular, was pretty intense. Kind of looked like marble.

I could have just used dados and dropped the slats right in, but I wanted to do ship laps. Then I realized that would not work with the rounded edges of the base pieces, so I made the lap joints in the slats shorter than the width of the base pieces and notched out the edges to the full depth that the slats would set in. I’m wondering if there is a particular term for this style of lap joint…you know, besides unnecessary.

I used a dado set to rough out the half laps and I used a router bit in a drill press to rough out the full depth parts of the lap joints on the base pieces. Otherwise, all the joinery was finished with chisels and a small router plane. All the round overs were done with a block plane and a spokeshave. I actually found the block plane easier.

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#1 posted 07-21-2009 06:51 AM

cool design looks great

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#2 posted 07-21-2009 10:10 PM

Very nice looks like it will hold up.

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#3 posted 07-21-2009 10:24 PM

How did you join the slats together looks lovely?Alistair

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#4 posted 07-22-2009 03:11 PM

Beautiful !! What are the dimensions ?

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#5 posted 07-22-2009 03:50 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. :)

I called the joints ship laps, but that isn’t right: that’s long grain to long grain. These are half laps. I notched out 1/8” deep dados in both the slats and in the base pieces, so they fit together like Lincoln logs. However, if I just did that then the rounded edges on the base would expose the square corner in the slat. So, I made the notches in the slats shorter than the width of the bases. Then I brought down the depth of the dados in the bases to the full 1/4”, but only near the edges. This allowed the “short” notches to sit fully in the stepped dado in the bases. The desired effect was to fully bury the edges of the slats in the base, so that the corners of the joint in the slats were not exposed by rounding over the edges of the bases. I sure wish I had taken a picture. Have I hit a thousand words yet? :)

The dimensions are approximately 12 1/2” x 7 1/4”. The height of the components are all about 1/2”, so with the half lap, the final height is about 3/4”.

BTW, Dusty, I like you’re sig. Ah, I feel young again. ;)

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 06:55 PM

Hahahaha LOL Thank you : )

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#7 posted 01-17-2010 10:56 PM

Beautiful job. Very elegant design and nice touch with the roundovers!

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 11:35 PM

great looking design and construction on this piece… like the colors in the woods the most…

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