|Project by jsheaney||posted 07-21-2009 06:50 AM||2219 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
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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