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Project by ShaneA posted 12-19-2011 07:32 PM 2560 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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#1 posted 12-19-2011 07:44 PM

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

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

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 08:03 PM

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 12-19-2011 08:13 PM

Very nice, super cool gifts.

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 09:43 PM

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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#5 posted 12-19-2011 10:20 PM

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 12-19-2011 11:55 PM

Thanks for the tips.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 12-20-2011 03:07 AM

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 12-20-2011 05:34 AM

awesome design!! great job

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#9 posted 12-20-2011 01:55 PM

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 12-20-2011 03:59 PM

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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#11 posted 12-20-2011 04:10 PM

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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#12 posted 12-20-2011 04:31 PM

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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#13 posted 12-20-2011 06:52 PM

Very nice!! I really like the contrasting woods

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#14 posted 11-27-2012 11:31 PM

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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