|Project by otindashop||posted 01-06-2013 06:41 PM||2264 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
These are wine cork trivets. They are made of contrasting materials to draw out
the symmetry of the corks and the wood. Most unusual about making these as a
project is their ability to theme out any event or place. I only use real corks,
not the plastic kind.
In the picture provided, the larger trivet on the right side was made about 15
years ago. It is the original and first one I made. You can observe the aging
coloration changes of the wood colors. The large one on the left is new and the
same exact style. The smaller one is explained below.
The wood stock is 1”x2” milled Walnut and Maple. Further contrast is provided by
the Kreg pocket hole tool with maple inserts into the Walnut. The joints are
glued butt joints fastened with the Kreg screws. One of the trivets also includes
a side dado joint to provide further contrast.
I have made many of these and give them to family as milestone events such as
marriage, birth, graduations, etc….
The corks are cut in half to provide more surface contact for gluing them in. It
is necessary to place the works above the wood for hot plates. To accomplish this
I dado in some 1/4” luan or plywood into the bottoms of all sides on the interior.
and placing them, I put them aside in the order they best fit, clean and blow out
the interior and then glue them in. I use titebond III for glue.
Then I place the corks either using a theme or randomly place them. After sizing
For finish, I use Tung oil (the real stuff) several coats buffed in between with
4/0 steel wool and then paste wax for the final finish. The bottom is covered
One of the unique applications for these is to ask for corks people have from
favorite places or travel events. Then I use these to theme out their special
trivet. For one marriage, I was able to find corks that themed out homes, trust,
love and togetherness. On that one, I etched the couples names and marriage date
into the maple inserts.
One winery asked that one be made with just their corks which I did and it was
sold at an auction they had to raise funds for a museum.
The smaller one in the middle is themed with corks from our 20th and 30th wedding
anniversaries and we use it in our travel trailer.
If people know you make these, you will be overwhelmed with corks! Now I refer to
myself as the cork dork.
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