Trivet cum platter with a difference

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Project by Milton Toal posted 02-19-2013 12:46 AM 1543 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my daughters saw this in the Aust/NZ edition of House and Garden last August. These are prototypes as per the H&G article but too heavy for my liking. Got a heap of Paulownia double-bed slats 2 weeks ago which will dress to 60mm X 19 mm X approx 1.5m and I will edge-laminate or tongue and groove these ro make a set. It is important if you want to make these that you put effort into getting the shape right. If you do, the bottom cut from the first trivet/platter forms the top of the second, reducing cutting and waste and making sure each trivet locks into every other. Treated with eco-oil or such means that food, e.g. pizza slice can be placed directly on the surface. Lengthwise or side-by-side they can join to form a full-table trivet.

Given the extremely light weight of the Paulownia I may laminate in one or more contrast woods just to add character. I am off on holidays so this won’t happen for abot a month but it will happen.

In the meantime, although the August edition sold out completely, the editor was good enough to email me the article which I will try to put on my blog soon.

For those who don’t know it, Paulownia is a chinese hardwood that they use as building material. A mature tree is huge and a new tree will go from seed to 4 metres in less than 2 years. Nonetheless, the timber is still rather expensive in Australia. Almost as light as balsa, hundreds of times stronger and dresses beautifully.

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#1 posted 02-19-2013 06:32 AM

OH I would like to make some of those. Is there a pattern of them that we can purchase? If I understand you correctly, you are saying they have to be cut at an angle.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 04:56 PM

Great choice of wood and thanks for the great info about it. Like the shape and very well executed.

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 10:39 PM

I have replied to Larry but just so everyone knows I am working on the pattern and have it nearly right. I shall make it available in about 3 weeks when I get back from a break



-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 10:56 PM

Milton, I did not receive a message from you….must have gotten lost in the internet air!! Not a problem at all

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 08:43 PM

this is cool! please share your pattern

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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