Fish Stick Trivet

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Project by bigfish_95008 posted 12-06-2009 01:32 PM 3072 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 15 of the 45+ that have been built. You can see the finish really adds a lot. Now I just need to put finish on the other 14. I used a foam brush. Not sure that that is a good way to go as all the edges tear up the brush. More to learn. Enjoy.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 03:08 PM

Hey that’s a cool Trivet. How did you make them? It looks like maybe half lap dados or was cut from solid?
How does that finish hold up for hot stuff. I’m making some trivets right now and I’m up in the air on what finish to use?
Thanks, Jim

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

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 03:40 PM

Cool looking trivet. What did you use for the eye? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 03:59 PM

these are really cool !

what a great idea .

very well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 04:40 PM

Is this an original “Bigfish” design ? Would you care to share the plans ? These are really awesome and would be a great reason to make one of those KerfMaster tools that everyone seems to be designing these days : )
Thanks for posting your projects and welcome to LJs : )

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 05:36 PM

Good catch. What kind of bait did you use? lol

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#6 posted 12-06-2009 10:49 PM

let’s see if we can answer everybody’s question in one reply.
Oak – white, red and other, Maple, Myrtle
The designe came from the October?? issue of Popular Woodworking from the I can do it section so cudos to Ms. Megan on her design – I made some design modification as we just didn’t like the head part all that much. I whipped out a couple of patterns in Viseo at work when I had a few minutes. After getting one that the wife passed muster on we were off and running. It is just half inch strips glued together. Made a square jig and some spacers. Bought a couple of cutoffs of some thicker stock and some of the leftovers in the shop and out popped a bunch. Trivet, a better name would be Tribble. LOL Thicker is better – they look better than the thinner stock.
Clear Danish oil is the finish as to how it will stand up to the heat – time will tell.
The eye – 3/8 brad point bit.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 05:51 PM

Very nice fish!
I saw the plan in the popular woodworking and wanted to make one, but had forgotten about it. Yours look great.

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 01:38 PM

The finish is on the rest of the trivets. Dad suggested buffing them out with steel wool. Wow what a difference that makes in smoothness. Yesterday the PT who is helping with Dad’s recovery came by for her visit. I gave her one she seemed to enjoy it. The wife brought the MIL down to the finishing room to pick out her’s she is still gushing. We had a family dinner last night at Mom and Dad’s and gave my sister and SIL there choice. They appreciated them also. I guess they are a hit.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#9 posted 08-14-2015 01:11 AM

Great job! 45 of them!!!!

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

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