thingie for warm plates (trivet!)

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this was meant to be a cutting board, but glueup was a nightmare and I was left with 20×20cm so it ended up as a thing to put warm dishes on.

the wood is oak, black walnut and hemlock, finish is tung oil

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 01:20 AM

Looks fantastic Moshel

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#2 posted 10-29-2009 01:23 AM

Well done, despite the mistake, it looks pretty good as a trivet (I think that’s the word) to me. :) Since it’s not a cutting board, I wonder what it would have looked like if you had left the half hexagons out on the edges, giving an irregular shape. Interestingly, boards like that would interlock and the pattern would tesselate nicely. Of course, that would make a difficult glue up almost impossible.

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 01:33 AM

thats a very cool idea. it wouldn’t make the glueup any harder, just rounding over the edges will be a bit of a pain (can be done with a file and sandpaper). in this specific case, i couldn’t do that as even the glueup of the individual hexagonal lengths (before cutting them) was problematic (too small) and most had some gap on one side. so i had to re-arrange and cut the ugly bits.

If anyone think about making this, i would recommend going with bigger hexagons (these are ~4cm side to side, i would go with 6-8cm)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#4 posted 10-29-2009 01:41 AM

Nice job there Moshe..,..I have gone down to 25 mm side to side… very tricky…but then where is the fun if not for a few difficulties.. LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 10-29-2009 01:56 AM

Spectacular use of grain!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-29-2009 02:05 AM

Some great looking wood and a beautiful design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 10-29-2009 02:15 AM

It looks great to me. My philosophy is make the project, you can always decide what its for later.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#8 posted 10-29-2009 02:22 AM

Larry, as many people observed (and many many more think but don’t want to offend you), you are insane and should seek professional advice :-)
If I was to do that again (and I sure don’t really want too…) I would build two clamping jigs with 120 degrees V in them to make the glueup phase less stressful.

CanalboatJim, it looks great to me as well. its just that it was meant to be 50×30cm cutting board :-)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#9 posted 10-29-2009 02:25 AM

Neat trivette. I need to read Lazy Larry’s blog and learn to make one. ...............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#10 posted 10-29-2009 02:36 AM

I am getting professional advice from my personal Ratbag... you… lol mate.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 10-29-2009 03:49 AM

Wow that is incredible. Very impressive

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#12 posted 10-29-2009 03:57 AM

Moshel, I increased your picture to 150% and it turned into a cutting board. LOL. Looks great to me!

-- John @

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#13 posted 10-29-2009 06:47 AM

The 3D effect looks just like the video game Q-bert. Nice trivet. Q-bert would be all over that.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#14 posted 10-29-2009 08:40 AM

Fantastic CUTTING BOARD Who ever said they had to be BIG! Just cut one roll at a time. haha

Looks great to me. Haven’t haad the nearve to try one of these, yet…

Keep ut the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 10-29-2009 12:13 PM

Great work! I turn my mistake cutting boards into cheese boards! Now I’ll think trivet.
That design is stunning and the natural colors of the wood are just great together.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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