Snowman Trivet

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Project by Dean_Morrell posted 11-11-2010 05:01 PM 1482 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Admittedly, this is a simplistic project and that’s not a bad thing when making Christmas presents. But there are some challenges – at least if you use hickory, like I did. The carvings required one sharpening per trivet set. The cutout shapes were a lot to ask from a cheap Craftsman scrollsaw. Applying finish in tight corners is always difficult.

On the other hand, some of this is easier than most projects. Much of this is because the nature of a snowman is imperfect. Round shapes shouldn’t be perfect circles. Straight lines shouldn’t be perfectly straight or line up. In fact, I couldn’t get the face to look right until I make the eyes different sizes.

By cutting the pieces from one board, any imperfections between the pieces compliment each other and still fit nicely. This is the same principle as in a bandsaw box.

Since I’m a guy, I like practical things. This has maybe a little more than is obvious in a picture. Assembled, the snowman will comfortably support a 9×13 baking pan. The head will accommodate most 1.5 qt sauce pots. The bottom will easily fit a 3 qt sauce pot. Butter or salt and pepper will sit atop the center portion, but I fail to see why anyone would bother.

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 05:27 PM

This is really cute! I like it :) You are right, imperfections is what makes this design. I don’t think it would be nearly as charming if it was a perfectly round circle or if everything was aligned. If it was “perfect” it would be too “cookie cutter.”

Nice job

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 06:40 PM

totally agree with the perfect imperfections!
so cute.

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