How not to build a Trivet

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Project by lumberjoe posted 12-08-2012 01:33 AM 2998 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a prime example of a great idea and a bad execution. I have already started on the next one which will be much nicer. This is maple, walnut, and cherry. It is finished with Mineral oil, but it still needs a few more coats. The first pic makes it look like it isn’t flat, but it is. I had to use a white piece of cardboard under it because the negative space looked funny in pictures. The white background threw off the white balance on my camera and gave it a yellowish hue.

Things I like:
- It’s done

Things I don’t like
The inverse middle stripe. I thought it would look cool. It doesn’t
It’s too thick
I should have finger jointed the maple “legs” and used them instead of the cherry on the ends
This reminds me how much I hate working with PVA glue. I didn’t want to take a chance with HHG because this will likely get hot AND wet at some point.

If the weather stays above 40 tomorrow, I’ll venture out to the shop and get version 2 built.


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#1 posted 12-08-2012 02:56 AM

You’re crazy… I think it looks awesome and I like the contrasting middle slat. Good work!

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 03:45 AM

Pretty cool looking to me.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-08-2012 03:49 AM

I like it, but I agree with you. Thinner would be better.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 04:10 AM

So it’s thick ? It looks great. You can use it as a trivet or find another use for it. How about a cutting board stand and making different size boards to put in it?

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 08:35 AM

I make allot of trivets, and the customers seem to like the thicker pieces best. Yours is a very nice design.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 12-08-2012 10:31 AM

Joe,sent it to me I need a trivet.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 12-08-2012 11:27 AM

I also have only positive feelings about it :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 12-08-2012 01:44 PM

I agree with the others; the contrasting stripe looks good and the edges show squares, which are pleasing to the eye. I don’t care for the visible legs; I prefer to have it look like it’s floating. Even clear plastic cupboard bumpers would work (those thingies that prevent the door from hitting the frame—sorry—can’t explain it too well). I’m looking forward to seeing version 2.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#9 posted 12-08-2012 02:54 PM

The second and fourth pictures are quite attractive.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 12-08-2012 03:18 PM

a FINE job. This is beautiful and would look right at home on any dining table.

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

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#11 posted 12-08-2012 03:29 PM

It looks like a lot of work for not being pleased with it. I do agree about the dark wood in the middle but the whole piece does look very well done. Good woodworking!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 12-08-2012 04:04 PM

I agree about the legs. They look really out of place. I knew it didn’t come out the way I wanted while it was still in clamps, so I didn’t give them much thought, The next one will be a thin strip of walnut in the middle of the slats with thicker strips of maple on the sides. These pieces are actually a tiny bit over 3/4” thick. The next one will be about 1/2” thick. I am going to recess the strips into the legs (sort of a box joint)

This one only took me a few hours to make. The thin rip jig and cross cut sleds I made really made the process simple. I glued up the maple/walnut runners in one long piece and cut them to size after. Electrical tape made a good clamp. Getting the edges clean enough for a super tight joint was a bit of a challenge since the walnut was so thin. but it worked out.

The inverse stripe looks cool in pictures, but not in person. Especially when you look at it from the side. It is visually distracting and really draws your focus. Especially because it is encased in maple.


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#13 posted 12-08-2012 04:13 PM

I don’t know, man, I think it looks pretty cool.

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#14 posted 12-08-2012 04:18 PM

Also this maple was kind of crappy. I thought it was just dirty at the mill, but even after planing there are dark mineral streaks in it. I’ve never seen that in maple before. The mineral oil made it look a lot worse.


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#15 posted 12-08-2012 05:11 PM

Joe, I don’t find anything wrong with this trivet. It looks great to me. Maybe it is like movie stars. Looks great in the pictures and like real people when you see them in real life. LOL This looks great. Wouldn’t say so if it weren’t so.

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