Two Trivets

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-12-2015 11:31 AM 1933 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found these pieces in the burn barrel when loading my wood furnace and they seemed to be too nice to incinerate. One is made from female box elder and the other is some of Todd’s beloved cedar . Pretty color in each of them.

They are finished with clear matte spray.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 11:35 AM

Real nice trivets Jim, you certainly have turning them mastered. Nice wood to find in the burn barrel

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 01:04 PM

Nice patterns. You made it on lathe or with router jig?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 01:19 PM

Good job!!
Whats the max swing on your lathe? (I have 5” (12.5cm) between centre and bed – if I try this on my lathe, I’ll end up with coasters rather than trivets….)

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 01:57 PM

My first question is: why were these in the burn barrel in the first place!? The second question: can I clean out your burn barrel? These are beautiful, Jim. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 11-12-2015 02:55 PM

I guess I need to try this, any tips on how to?

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#6 posted 11-12-2015 03:33 PM

A creative mind + skill set to pull it off = ART.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 11-12-2015 03:44 PM

Those are really neat, great work.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#8 posted 11-12-2015 04:09 PM

Good morning! Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope I’m not boring anyone with more of these but I just could not burn this stuff.

Hi Ivan. I turned them on the lathe.

Hi Yuval. My lathe has a 15” swing and 38” between centers.

Hi Candy. I have so much wood that when I cut off short ends , they go in the barrel. I have a rack for shorts of pine, oak and cedar and it is chuck full. I wished you lived closer to sort out the barrel. I burn a barrel full every 8-10 days.

Hi Paul. Here is how I do it.
I get a piece of pretty wood with a flat side and I glue a spigot to the flat side.
I chuck it up and turn the piece round and about 3/8 thick and the face flat.
I calculate how many and what size circles I can get on the back and I lay out that center diameter on the front. I spot the centers (using my indexiing fixture and drill with a center drill in the lathe, but you can do it on the bench with a compass and a protractors. I drill the holes ( in this case 5 – 5/16 holes).
Then it is mounted back in the chuck and I cut the grooves with a grooving tool. But a narrow parting tool works just fine. I cut the first groove half the depth of the thickness and through center of the circle of holes and space the grooves out to the left and right with about the same width spacings. Then the front is finished sanded.
I cut off the spigot and clean up the back so it is flat again.
Then I mount the trivet on a plate I have with a 5/16 bolt sticking out and fasten it down with a washer and nut. Using the grooving tool, I cut as many grooves as I can get the small circle- going in until I cut through the groves on the front. I sand the sharp edges off the grooves at this time. I repeat this for all the other holes.
Then it can be finished with your favorite finish.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-12-2015 05:09 PM

Nice trivets Jim.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#10 posted 11-12-2015 05:20 PM

Man, you sure do have a knack for making these trivets! They all turn out super.

I know these are a lot of extra work.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#11 posted 11-12-2015 05:40 PM

Thanks Kelly and Ray.

Hi Ray I made a one sided one in class today and one of students got it to finish.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-12-2015 07:59 PM

Great project. Thanks for sharing your technique for making these.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 11-12-2015 08:16 PM

Another very nice project Jim, off set turning always catches the eye well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 11-12-2015 08:53 PM

Very nicely done!

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#15 posted 11-12-2015 10:13 PM

You keep it interesting Jim and thanks for the process explanation .


-- Kiefer

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