Holiday Gifts - Trivets and Wine Balancers

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Project by wunderaa posted 12-13-2012 08:00 PM 2428 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needing to get some gifts out to family members quickly, I turned to a couple of LJ favorites: Trivets and Wine Bottle Balancers.

The trivets were made from two pieces of 8/4 walnut glued side by side and then passed through a dado stack at the TS. Going through the stack just past half of the height 90 degrees opposed on opposite faces gives you the waffle look. Very quick, very easy. Finished in mineral oil.

The wine balancers were made from some 5/4 african mahogany I had. Pictures don’t do it justice, as the grain is fantastic. I don’t have a drill press at the moment, so I had to stick with a straight through hole and a bottle that sits above parallel to the ground. I don’t think the recipients will mind! Finished in BLO and wipe on poly.

Happy Holidays!

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 09:53 PM

Lovely Christmas presents!

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 11:39 PM

Nice job on these

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 03:17 PM

Love it! Yeah I’m in the mad rush. I was going for cutting boards, but I really like that trivet.

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 01:41 AM

I made an african mahogany wine balancer a few years ago.. Looks exactly like that! Nice work!

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#5 posted 10-14-2016 02:20 PM

Cool idea. What is the angle of the cut and the hole size?

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#6 posted 11-10-2016 12:08 AM

Cool idea. What is the angle of the cut and the hole size?

- Canon

Well, that’s a great question! I didn’t record them and since they were given away, I can’t go measure! Surely they are available elsewhere.

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