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Project by woodpezzer posted 05-14-2012 07:25 AM 1953 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone! This is my first post here in the LJ community. I’ve seen amazing works of art, learned a thing or two, and many projects have been a wonderful source of inspiration—Thank you all! I thought it only fitting to kick off my new membership with a project inspired by toaster tongs posted here a few months ago. I hope to find the LJ artist that first introduced me to that nifty little project and say a special thank you. It’s possible that mention of trivets was made in the comments of the project. I’ll know for sure if I can find the post again!

These are trivets made for my wonderful mother-in-law. I just gave them to her today for Mother’s Day and she said, “How did you know I needed new trivets?” I just shrugged and smiled. Truth be told, I didn’t know! She plans to hang them on the wall when they aren’t being used for hot pans/dishes which made me very happy. They are made from oak, cherry and walnut. I can’t recall the type of wood used for the center. I’ve included a pic (a leopard I carved from the stock) so if anyone can identify this wood species, please let me know. It’s domestic to US, softer than oak but harder than pine.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 10:28 AM

Nice work, and a great gift idea.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 10:39 AM

Those are very nice trivets …....................BUT…..................that leopard is GREAT!

Welcome to L.J.’s and I look forward to seeing your future work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 06:49 PM

Welcome to LJ’s! Your trivet design is very unique. If I was to take a guess as to the wood type, maybe white ash which is between pine and white oak on the Janka hardness scale. Look forward to you future projects.

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

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 08:20 PM

nice projects, love the leopard.
Welcome to LJ’s!

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 08:43 PM

here are toaster tongs in LJ
(the first 4 or 5 are adds)

(in the little search window above and right
type whatever you need and hit the magnifying glass thing)

beautiful work

welcome to here

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 12:32 AM

Nice trivets and a very nice carving!

-- khalsey, NC

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 02:16 AM

Yes, very nice trivets. Did you come up with that design? Well done with scraps. Welcome to LJ.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 02:22 AM

Nice, innovative design.

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 05:29 AM

Bowtie, Thank you. I’m working on 4 more trivets for my sister. She thinks she’s getting trivets that look like slices of bread. LOL… surprise!

Jaykaypur, Thanks. I carved the Stretching Leopard for my niece and now I need one for me. LOL. I found it in “Wood Carving” magazine July/Aug 2011 issue #121 and just had to give it a go!

amagineer, Thank you. I was given some stock (free!) from a mill a few years back and made the mistake of not writing down the species. It reminds me of Zebrawood except that it’s domestic and I’m not highly allergic to it!

jm82435, Thanks. Now I’m thinking the leopard should have gotten his very own post. LOL

patron, Thank you for the kind words and help with tong searching. It was LJ “redryder” and I posted my kudos for the inspiring tongs. Thanks again!

khalsey, Thank you.. twice. I haven’t done very much wood carving and now I feel encouraged to do more.

rance, Thank you. The design came after staring at my toaster tongs and imagining how to turn them into trivets. Initially, I was only going to make a grouping of short tongs but it occurred to me that by closing off the ends, they would look like a flower or star.

ShaneA, Thanks. It feels good to read “innovative design” regarding my woodworking. I waited 30 years for that!

Oh, trivets are 8 ½ X 8 ½ X ¾

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 01:30 AM

Those are nice trivets, I really like that design. Welcome to LJ’s I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 05-17-2012 04:35 AM

Thanks Martin ! I appreciate the kind words. Working on more of these right now but I’ll probably put a different project up next. Hope to see you around!

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#12 posted 07-12-2012 12:16 AM

These are great. I love functional art.
What kind of finish did you use?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 07-12-2012 01:39 AM

SASmith, Thanks! I wasn’t sure what finish would be best and since these would be in contact with extremely hot pans I just used butcher block oil and figured I could just recoat them as needed. I’d rather use Danish oil or perhaps BLO for these.. if it’s safe? If you have any advice, I’d sure appreciate it!

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#14 posted 07-12-2012 09:03 PM

I have not made any trivets yet.
From what I have read oil is the best finish when you will be placing hot items on them.
I think I will try danish oil when I make some trivets.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#15 posted 07-12-2012 11:40 PM

Scott, Yeah.. I think Danish Oil will work just fine. My bro-in-law said they were the “berries” so I’ll be doing more of these. I’m thinking the “bowl from a board” technique might create some pretty interesting trivets. Whatever design and technique you use.. I wanna see your trivets when you’re done!

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