trivets for church kitchen

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Project by RichGreer2r posted 05-14-2016 08:27 PM 424 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The ladies of the church asked me to make some trivets. They suggested a size (9×14) but made no suggestions regarding design. I decided to make 6 different designs. They are all simple designs. I’d never made a trivet before so I was anxious to learn some new things.

The first is a solid piece of walnut. It is clean, simple and light weight.

The second is walnut and yellowheart with 48 lap joints. It’s the heaviest.

The third is maple dowels and hickory end pieces. A 1/4” dowel goes through the bottom and into the 5/8” maple dowel to make certain the glue holds.

The 4th is hickory strips and walnut end pieces

5 & 6 are both made from some hickory that was left over from a flooring project.

For the first time ever I used a spray finish (polyurethane). It made finishing a whole lot easier.

I’m told the ladies like them very much. I did these for free, but I expect several orders from the ladies for their own homes. I’m told that the walnut oval one is the favorite. It was also the easiest to make.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#1 posted 05-14-2016 08:29 PM

I like different possibilities you offered here, nice collection.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-14-2016 09:13 PM

Great work-trivets are on my list of possible Christmas presents.

I read your home page and wanted to let you know how inspirational it is that you have persevered through difficulties and still produce awesome projects.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 05-14-2016 09:42 PM

Bill – Thank. You for your kind comments. In the shop I am slow, but I am never in a hurry. Working in the shop is incredibly rewarding for me. There are lots of things that I can no longer do. In the shop I can still do something productive that people like. I often ask my wife to carry lumber to the shop and carry the finished project out of the shop. I do everything else myself.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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