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Project by gfadvm posted 08-02-2012 04:50 PM 3377 views 17 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this technique for making trivets on Woodworking For Mere Mortals the other night and had some pieces that were right for these. Darker ones are pecan framed in red oak with walnut splines. Lighter one is Arkansas cherry framed in Oklahoma elm with Jatoba splines. Steve’s technique for making these is very simple and I like the effect.I made the frame thicker than the center and added the ‘feet’ and splines. Dimensions:9 3/4” square x 1 1/4” tall. Finished with lacquer. These are quick and fun to build. Thanks, Steve.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 04:55 PM

Like the way you did these. Add another to the bucket list.

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 05:07 PM

Wow! I can’t let my wife see these or I’ll be making her a bunch for Christmas gifts.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-02-2012 05:35 PM

i saw that video by Steve too ,its on my list. like the wood ones you have put together yep got to make these as cooking is a a passion of mine too,

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 05:37 PM

very cool andy nice job

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#5 posted 08-02-2012 05:55 PM

Spiffy trivets !

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#6 posted 08-02-2012 06:22 PM

really nice andy, these are true trivets, as opposed to ones i made a while back, mine were small cutting boards, and not trivets, as you must have the holes for the heat to escape, you did a grand job on these….a box and a trivet, a trivet and a box, they were cleverly made by the lumberjock fox…...there is a tune to dance a jig too…

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#7 posted 08-02-2012 08:21 PM

More culinary woodwork… great… just love them… will have to re-watch steves video…

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#8 posted 08-02-2012 09:05 PM

Those turned out cool. I like the extra features you added.

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#9 posted 08-02-2012 09:35 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments again. Charlie, These would be the quickest (and easiest) Christmas gifts you could ever make. Grizz, I made the frames thicker to get them up where the heat should dissipate better. Goose, You can have several of these made before the vid runs its course! I do have a question for you all: Will the lacquer stand up to the heat? I was worried about that.

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#10 posted 08-02-2012 09:39 PM

Really nicely done; thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 08-02-2012 10:35 PM

great job and they have your signature feet.

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#12 posted 08-03-2012 01:43 AM

These are very nice. I too was wondering how the lacquer will hold up to the heat.

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#13 posted 08-03-2012 02:33 AM

As far as the Lacquer goes, I guess it would depend how hot they would have to stand up to. I plan on making a few of these on the weekend, and figure I’ll just use mineral oil, or even maybe nothing.

I doubt any kind of finish short of some sort of commercial epoxy would stand up long to something, say, right out of the oven.

Hmm, maybe a single coat of poly or wiping varnish that soaked into the wood completely. ( I see a test coming).

-- -- Don from PA

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#14 posted 08-03-2012 03:48 AM


Nice looking trivets! I didn’t watch the video (dial-up is too slow for that). I’ve made a few trivets several months ago that are similar and haven’t gotten around to posting them (again, dial-up takes too long), but I think mine are even simpler than yours. I, too, wondered how the finish will hold up to heat. I used Bri-Wax. It could be that it will just melt!


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#15 posted 08-03-2012 03:53 AM

Great lids Doc! Did you forget to make the rest of the boxes? LOL 8} Kidding aside, they are really nice, Andy!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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