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Forum topic by sfwoodnovice posted 02-17-2014 06:56 PM 1019 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sfwoodnovice

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02-17-2014 06:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: trivet type of wood

Hello folks,

I’m wondering if you can help me out. I have an idea to make a nicely designed, almost an artistic, trivet out of wood. Does anyone have a recommendation for the type of wood I should use and if I need a certain type of finish? I am a complete novice so forgive me if this is an elementary question as I know not.

Thanks


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#1 posted 02-17-2014 06:57 PM

I’ve heard Ipe can take the heat… but it can be another matter to get it to take a finish.

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 07:13 PM

The idea of a trivet is supposed to be that you put something hot on it instead of on your countertop. In other words, it is a sacrificial object. Use whatever you have on hand and don’t look back.

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sfwoodnovice

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 07:17 PM

Basswood,

Thanks for the input. I’ll research ipe wood and see if it’s feasible.

MisterBill,

Yes, there is a sacrifice component to a trivet but I would like to find a material that won’t burn or tarnish. There has to be some sort of wood that can withstand contact with a hot object without burning or leaving a last mark, right?

Thanks

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 10:36 PM

SF,

Try to use the darkest and hardest/densest wood that you can find. Brazilian Cherry isn’t the darkest but it definitely hard and dense.

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 10:44 PM

Oil based finishes hold up better to heat. All wood will burn, go with dark hard wood when in doubt. I did some a few years ago out of tiete rosewood, not a mark on them.

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 12:49 AM

I’ve had a couple of walnut trivets I made years ago that look as new. I use MS, Poly, BLO in 1/3 quantities for a finish. As I almost always do.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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