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Project by ShaneA posted 947 days ago 2234 views 23 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some trivets that were in Woodworker’s Journal recently. Shannon saw them, and liked/wanted them. So I made about 15 of them in various wood combos. One of the combos I laminated some maple and walnut, like the magazine suggested. I will give some away for simple gifts, sell some, and keep a couple. I really do not consider myself a “router guy” so these were a project I really did not look forward to, but people seem to like them. It is always the simple things? They are about 1/2” thick and about 7” or so square.





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joshtank

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#1 posted 947 days ago

those look awesome. anything online about how to make them?

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 947 days ago

Josh, I am not sure. I got info from the mag. It is basically all in a trammel arm jig and spacers. Once you have the jig, it is just a repititive process.

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#3 posted 947 days ago

Very nice, super cool gifts.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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SASmith

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#4 posted 947 days ago

What great looking trivets.
They look easy enough to make too.

What size did you make yours?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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ShaneA

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#5 posted 947 days ago

Pretty easy, the blank istself is about 6” square 1/2” thick. I think smaller like 4 1/2” blank, and 3/8” thick would be ideal. I used a 3/8” straight bit, instead of the plan’s 1/2”, the smaller or less the router takes out in one pass, the less chance for blowout. It stinks to make a mistake on the 14th pass. Dont ask me how I know…

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#6 posted 947 days ago

Thanks for the tips.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 947 days ago

Hey Shane – I saw this article and put it in the “to do” stack awhile ago – you did it justice….nice job.

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#8 posted 947 days ago

awesome design!! great job

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#9 posted 947 days ago

you have made some remarkable pieces. It looks like a lot of setup to get the lines just right. The wood selection compliments each other. I will put it on my to do list.
-Don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#10 posted 947 days ago

Shane, great trivets! I know what you mean about the router. It’s loud and repetitive. :-)

What finish did you put on them? I’m wondering what finish would be best to withstand the heat that these guys are going to endure.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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ShaneA

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#11 posted 947 days ago

I went with just tung oil. I have concerns on the heat as well. Something tells me based on the peoples com ments around here who have seen them, they may not ser a lot of duty in their intended purpose, but I am a little worried.

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Brandon

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#12 posted 947 days ago

Yes, I imagine that people will hangs those ones on the wall. I am in the process of making one (a more simple design) and was just wondering what finish people put on them. Tung oil is probably a good suggestion—or perhaps mineral oil, though it doesn’t have to be food safe. I think (I may be wrong) that a poly finish would be durable but perhaps not good with the heat.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Mrthibs

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#13 posted 946 days ago

Very nice!! I really like the contrasting woods

-- Mrthibs

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#14 posted 603 days ago

Beautiful trivets! I have the webpage from Woodworker’s Journal bookmarked about these for some Christmas break projects! I like your idea with the 3/8” bit rather than the 1/2”, will try.

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