Wooden Trivet Set

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Project by OakHill posted 06-30-2013 08:25 PM 3875 views 25 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original idea for the Fish Trivet came from Popular Woodworking. I modified it by reducing the thickness (for esthetics), and created a set of three different sizes to accommodate a variety of large and small serving dishes (meat, potato and vegetable).

The set is a wonderful addition to any table setting creating a decorative touch and a visual accent for your special family recipes.

The set is designed to protect surfaces from hot or cold dishes by allowing air to circulate and disperse heat preventing damage to your table or counter top and can also double as a decorative wall hanging.

Makes a perfect gift for many occasions!
• Dimensions of each trivet: Small: 5/8×5 ½ x 9”, Medium: 5/8×7 ¼ x 12”, Large: 5/8×9 x 14 ½”
• Red Oak
• Food Safe Finish using Watco Butcher Block Oil & Finish

-- John, Illinois,

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 08:53 PM

Great looking trivets John. Did you lap cut the pieces?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 10:06 PM

Very cool design nice work.

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 10:15 PM


The pieces were planed on all four sides in lengths of 2-3 feet. Then cut to individual lengths.

-- John, Illinois,

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 02:17 AM

Nice fish. Did you glue these together? if so what type of glue did you use?

-- Woodify ~~

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 11:53 AM

Nice fish trivets John…well done.
Being an Aussie with a strange sense of humor….when I fist looked at them I knew what they were (trivets) but the thought was already in mind…”Some one ate the fish and left the bones”.... yes I know…good drugs right.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 01:27 PM

cool! I like ‘em!

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 03:11 PM

Favorited! Newbee question: When you say you planed all 4 sides, does that mean you cut one (several) long skinny square pieces(3/4”x3/4”x36”) and then ran them thru the planer? Could the table saw (with a new /sharp blade) do the same? Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 05:44 PM

love it ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 05:56 PM


First I planed a 1×8 x 24 (also 18, 34 in lght’s) to 5/8 thickness. Then ripped them to .030 over the finish size.
Each size trivet required a different width.

Then I chose to finish them to size (width) on the planer. I wanted the pieces to be consistent for my glue up
fixture and the planer gave the pieces a smooth finish that did not require any follow up sanding

I hope that answers your question.

Thanks for asking.

-- John, Illinois,

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#10 posted 07-02-2013 02:04 PM

They look great. Nice job!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#11 posted 07-02-2013 09:12 PM

So cool rivets! Like the fish design and the wood choice. They are great gift ideas. Great work!

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#12 posted 08-14-2015 01:14 AM

3 sizes makes it even more fun!

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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