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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 10-20-2018 02:16 AM 1055 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I made my trivet jig for the plunge router I have been experimenting with some style’s, if you would like to download the free plans for the trivet jig you can access them here, I also published a new project here on LJ'S if you are interested in reading about here

Here is the jig

So I started as I normally do by visiting my local Home Depot and purchased some poplar and started making some table-saw trivets and just after I finished my last trivet I left them in the shop over-night to return in the morning I found all my trivets had a developed a belly in each of the 6 trivets that I made, I guess there was a lot of tension in the boards that I wasn’t aware of and were perfectly flat when I made them the day before, I was disgusted and swore never again to buy lumber from Home Depot especially the poplar and oak, plywood is fine especially the pure-bond ply that they sell.

So off I went to a local lumber merchant by the name of Barney & Carey located in Avon, MA and I purchased 10’ length of Red Birch and yes it was more expensive especially when you have to have the board dressed but my oh my was it worth it the board was beautiful and yes it stayed flat, below you can see the boards. In the long run I will be getting all my lumber from this supplier and it is worth every penny

So I made about 15 trivets in total that I hope to be selling on my website and Etsy store and maybe even give a few to my relatives as Christmas gifts, I made 4 style in total. 2 I made using the Trivet jig and 2 made with the dado stack inside the table saw

This trivet came out awesome the only problem is that I made a mistake and didnt turn it the required number of times and now I don’t know how to remake it , trust me I have tried to replicate the mistake and cant seem to figure it out, I guess this trivet truly is a one of a kind.

Here is the style I wanted to make without any mistakes. I used a 1/2” upcut spiral bit in my router, while using the jig to pivot the router on uts pin creating the arch, there are 3/4” spaces between each groove and I also have inset 3/8” from the edges. Finally I used my round-over bit in my table mounted router and added a nice profile that makes it very inviting to the touch

Next I made 2 styles on the table-saw using a 1/2’ thick dado stack and a couple of spacer blocks to maintain a identical symmetry with all the trivets I made using this style, I also did some with a round-over profile and 1 without.

No round-over on this trivet but I did break all the edges with sandpaper

This lattice style trivet does have the round-over.

Next in this project is causing me head-aches I am unsure as to what to finish them in, I reached out to everyone I know on my boards both on FaceBook and here an talked with a fellow woodworker. Should I finish them in a food safe finish such as mineral oil or do I use oil based finish, to be honest I might go with an article I saw on “Woodworkers Journal by Chris Marshal using 50 % poly & 50% mineral spirits but please chime in with a “TRIED & TRUSTED” method if you have used something else.

Well Thanks for reading and have a great day

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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#1 posted 10-20-2018 12:12 PM

nice job on the trivets.

for a finish i think i would use boiled linseed oil. just fill a cake pan or some kind of container and just dip them and then hang them up over another container to catch the drips. after 30 minutes just wipe them off. i would do two or three coats.

-- No dust on the floor....No money in the bank

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#2 posted 10-20-2018 04:46 PM

Very good idea.

They look terrific.

I may have to play on making a jig for the table-sawed ones.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-20-2018 06:37 PM

Those are really neat!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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