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Project by PetVet posted 02-13-2011 10:33 PM 1948 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made several of these trivets to give as gifts at Christmas. The technique was to use the bandsaw to cut almost through the piece of wood, advance it 1/4” and flip it to make the next cut. You end up with a piece of wood that will open like an accordion.
I took this piece and moistened it and put it in the microwave for a minute, this heated it enough to allow me to spread it and insert dowels to hold the strips apart. The third picture shows this process as it is drying, the clamp keeps it flat. I then mitered the sides. I found that doing the solid ends first worked best as you had a little wiggle room when doing the other two sides by sliding the dowels slightly to get your corners to line up. I then added a spline to give the corners a little more strength. To sand in between the cuts I put psa sandpaper on both sides of a scraping blade attached to my multitool.
Woods are ambrosia maple body and hard maple frame, with a bubinga spline. Finished with salad bowl oil.
I think I will give gift cards this year…

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 10:50 PM

Nice project. But I have a question…What the heck are they for?


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#2 posted 02-13-2011 11:09 PM

Now that’’s a cool idea!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 12:26 AM

Great job, So when you make the first cuts there str8? Then the offsets are created by olacing the dowls in? I really like this and would love to here more on this. Thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 12:42 AM

Cool idea. Looks interesting and you could use a great variety if figured wood.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 01:36 AM

Cool gift

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 01:56 AM

That is a great way to make a trivet. I have done them where you gut slots in the frame for individual strips of wood to fit. the last one is still sitting in parts. The router slipped. I think I will try your approach.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 05-23-2018 01:41 PM

This trivet looks very nice. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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