|Project by Milton Toal||posted 02-19-2013 12:46 AM||1128 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
One of my daughters saw this in the Aust/NZ edition of House and Garden last August. These are prototypes as per the H&G article but too heavy for my liking. Got a heap of Paulownia double-bed slats 2 weeks ago which will dress to 60mm X 19 mm X approx 1.5m and I will edge-laminate or tongue and groove these ro make a set. It is important if you want to make these that you put effort into getting the shape right. If you do, the bottom cut from the first trivet/platter forms the top of the second, reducing cutting and waste and making sure each trivet locks into every other. Treated with eco-oil or such means that food, e.g. pizza slice can be placed directly on the surface. Lengthwise or side-by-side they can join to form a full-table trivet.
Given the extremely light weight of the Paulownia I may laminate in one or more contrast woods just to add character. I am off on holidays so this won’t happen for abot a month but it will happen.
In the meantime, although the August edition sold out completely, the editor was good enough to email me the article which I will try to put on my blog soon.
For those who don’t know it, Paulownia is a chinese hardwood that they use as building material. A mature tree is huge and a new tree will go from seed to 4 metres in less than 2 years. Nonetheless, the timber is still rather expensive in Australia. Almost as light as balsa, hundreds of times stronger and dresses beautifully.
-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.