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Project by BertFlores58 posted 03-15-2016 03:04 AM 1433 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it will be difficult to do this type of trivets. Looks good when I made the design similar to the box I made longtime ago. But you can see the different star that was split in colors and make the star in 3D effect.

The black wood is the essential part. I had very few ebony (kamagong) as it is already becoming very expensive. The one I use are all recycled lumbers. The original design was posted in the facebook last August 2015 and most of the viewer had like it. Though it was only the response of my friends. I made also some step by step in the facebook. I promise I will also do it in the blog here in LJ.

I called it a trivet but in a way, one option should be a background for a crucifix or Jesus face in the middle and there you have a hanging Jesus as part of the Lenten season. This was the idea of a Capt of the ship who is also a friend of mine.. and he was reserving one to buy it.

As for me, the only one is to realize that it can be done.

Hope you would like this … All of the process are done in manual cutting and gluing. I use a portable grinder (with sanding pad) and use only sanding sealer to finish it. Everything in color is from natural wood.

Thanks ,

-- Bert

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 04:27 AM

Great 3D illusions Bert. You make so much from so little.
My hat is off …... Wonderful stuff!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 04:47 AM

Thanks Paul, I also finished a simple blog for the lumberjocks out there. The size of one piece is just 6 inches from corner to corner. Yes indeed, it is so small that I need to scrap the erroneous cut(s) due to vibration of the saw splitting the needed corners of the pieces.

I did not mention that I did not use the split corners on the top of the cube because the direction of the grain has an effect on the 3D effect. Instead I use a rhombus by cutting 45 degree by length and width. Now it is better in the actual construction.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 05:42 AM

Wow, Bert. It really popped with the finish. I keep looking back at it, and it gets more amazing each time. Sometimes, I see blocks floating in a swirling pool. Then, next time I look, there’s clearly a spinning fan with air swirling around. That’s magic, man.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 09:54 AM

OK, those trivets are work of art. Now you got me idea, I have lot thin sraps in my shop.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 10:24 AM

Very flash mate…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 03-15-2016 10:35 AM

These are so beautiful, Bert! What an artist you are my friend! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 03-15-2016 11:01 AM

Thanks Ivan. I knew the excitement and the talents you will have in dealing with those leftovers. Good Luck.

Larry, It is good to be back and I cannot compare with your experience in this type of work. Your are one of my mentors that had inspired me. Good to hear from you.

Hi Sheila, thanks and whatever you had follow in fb regarding me will just be the same but more exposed than the ones in the lumberjock. Have a nice day always.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 03-15-2016 04:10 PM

Love this kind of work!
Keep it up as they are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 03-15-2016 05:12 PM

These all make nice trivets. The patterns look great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 03-15-2016 08:52 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 04-04-2016 01:44 PM

Looks great Bert.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 05-15-2017 01:56 AM

WOW squared. Those a terrific patterns!
Very nice work on them!!


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

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