Folding Trivets

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These seem to be the project du jour lately. So not to be left out….

Made these from a link posted here- thanks “luv2learn”. Some Maple and Walnut scraps. A couple of the ends are different due to production line engineering changes. Finished with mineral oil. Had a little difficulty getting some of them to open completely. Made the angled cuts on the “center side” of the lines. That seemed to have made them a little tight. Had to file/sand a little until they spread as shown. Also realized my scroll saw skills, for cutting straight lines, need some serious work.

Comments and suggestions always welcome!

Thanks for looking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 01:28 AM

cool…but what is a trivet?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 01:32 AM

Looks like a few of the Lumberjocks have caught “Luv2learn’s” folding trivet bug!
These look super nice!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 01:47 AM

They are very nice Lew they will keep your table safe, they look great and nice use of scrap wood…

-- Cosmicturner

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 03:58 AM

Nice job lew.
Those came out really nice looking.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 05:35 AM

A trivet is a thing you place under a hot pot between pot and table top. I like these ones here, but don’t know how you do it yet. Is this like the new cutting board right of passage here? Trivets?

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 01:08 PM

Nicely done Lew. I think they look gr8!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 03:13 PM

Nice work, Lew!

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 03:17 PM

Pretty cool, Lew, looks like something I might want to do in La Conner. Guess I’ll have to check out the technique.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 08:45 PM

Lew, I know what you mean about cutting a straight line with the scroll saw, I had trouble too, but they worked out ok.
good looking trivets.

Calgarygeoff, yes I think the cutting boards are the initiation rites for making trivets. lol

-- Smitty!!!

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 11:32 PM

Lew, these look great. I am glad I wasn’t the only one that experienced similar problems to yours when making mine :). I think the beauty of these is the space savings feature.

The Roubo style joint can be adapted to all sorts of folding projects like chairs, TV trays, cell phone and notebook holders, real books, etc. Let your imagination wander :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 02-27-2013 01:08 AM

Matt- Thanks! They are what Geoff said.

Tony- Thanks!

Cosmic..- Thanks!

Eric- Thanks!

Geoff- Thanks! See Luv2learn’s posts.

Roger- Thanks!

CJ- Thanks!

Jim- Thanks! I’m sure Sherrie will fins a use for them- how about a big one for pizza nite!

Smitty- Thanks! And thanks for the scroll saw tip!

luv2learn- Thanks! And thanks for the post. I really had fun making these!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 02-27-2013 02:03 PM

Very clever! I love the design!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 02-27-2013 03:13 PM

Thanks, Meilie!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 03-11-2013 10:09 PM

Super nice.
I think I will have to make some one day.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 03-11-2013 10:46 PM

Thanks, Mads!!
I am certain yours will be far superior than mine!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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