Simple Dadoed Trivets

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Project by Douglas posted 11-26-2012 09:23 PM 2743 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My holiday gifting just got a whole lot easier.

After my kitchen build, I had some left over countertop material. It was 1 3/4” thick laminated birch. I re-sawed it about 7/8” thick or a little less, loaded the table saw up with a 1/2” dado stack, and cut these out. I sanded, and coated with BLO.

I wasn’t even going to post them as a “project”, because they seemed so freaking… nothing. But after my mother saw them, she got very excited and wanted some for herself. My sister wants some, as do several of my friends. etc etc…

The point is that it is funny what we as woodworkers see as “just using up some cutoffs” is something amazing and “oh my god that’s awesome” to non woodworkers. When right next to these is my current “best” project, the folding step-stool from a few months ago. Go figure.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 11:28 PM

I like these they always look cool. Good Job.

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 02:54 AM

Oh man I really like these. I just may have to make a few myself.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 04:01 AM

i started long time ago with nothing but scrap from a millwork company i used to work for as well as a lumberyard i had some scrap. i made a jig and built tables that look a lot like your trivet. but you did give me an idea for thicker stock that i may run across. like the looks of those trivets.

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 07:31 AM

Nice job. If they like them, give them!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 11:39 AM

i like that, really liked your step stool ,going to make some of these thanks for sharing

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 07:51 PM

Sweet, I made a bunch of these years ago also. Sold out at the craft show I made them for and spent every night in the shop replenishing for the next weekend craft show and didn’t sell a single one. LOL

you just never know what will work, but I sure do dig this design.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 05:46 AM

They look fantastic! Did you use a box-joint jig or something similar to index each dado cut? Or do you just measure each cut by hand?

Thanks for sharing!

-- Bill - Western NY

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 05:53 AM

I have an Incra fence system on my TS, so it’s easy to scoot the fence over perfect 1” amounts. If I didn’t, I suppose a box joint like keyed fence would work. Or measured stop blocks, or a sled with sliding on a rule… lots of ways to go I suppose.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 01:21 PM

Gotcha. Thanks again for sharing!

-- Bill - Western NY

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#10 posted 04-16-2018 09:31 PM

What did you coat the trivets with?

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