Folding Trivet Roubo Style, Kinda

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Project by luv2learn posted 02-20-2013 01:54 AM 10083 views 145 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Three days ago fellow Lumberjock DBB posted a Roubo style folding trivet It was a hit with me and a lot of you also. I saw it as a great space saver in an already crowded kitchen. I favorited his post and the link he referenced for the idea.

I am not a carver, and the original plans showed the notches for the trivet to be carved. So, I took a different approach to the build hoping I could achieve similar results.

First, I ripped 1/4”x3/4”x15” strips of purple heart and oak.

Then I used double sided tape to temporarily hold three of the 15” long strips together. This is enough material to make two 7 1/2” long trivets.

Next I laid out for the notches and cut them on my scroll saw.

I then took the pieces apart, removed the double sided tape, flipped the center piece end for end and glued the three pieces together making sure I didn’t get any glue in the hinged area. Make sure your lay out lines align across the top of the tree pieces.

After the glue set, I took the piece back to my scroll saw and made the linear cuts to the notches. this freed the piece to hinge.

Be very accurate with your layout and cuts or the piece won’t open fully.

Thanks DBB for this great idea and thank you all for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 02:06 AM

Cool! Another innovative solution—just your speciality. Congratulations and good write up.

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#2 posted 02-20-2013 02:15 AM

Your at it again Lee! Any way you cut it if it works it’s great! Nice job on the show and tell too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 02:19 AM

Thank you. I saw the original trivet post, but wondered how it was done. Thanks for the tutorial. I had to think about it a bit and look back at the completed one for the concept to pop. Well done, thanks.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 05:27 AM

I think I will try this out next time i get in the shop

-- God is good..All the time

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 06:01 AM

the original was awesome and this is as well
great job

-- Ben L

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 12:02 PM

I think I like these better than the original, due mainly to the contrasting woods. Really nice look to them.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 02-20-2013 02:23 PM

Very clever idea.

-- When a 'want' meets 'simplicity', it creats 'progress'.

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#8 posted 02-20-2013 02:34 PM

That is great, I’m going to do this on my bandsaw.

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#9 posted 02-20-2013 02:38 PM

Very cool solution for an already great idea. Thanks for posting!

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#10 posted 02-20-2013 02:50 PM

I saw the one piece trivet the other day and thought about making some when I get time, yah right. This is a great way of making these as well. Thanks for all the details!

-- Jeff W., Boston, MA area,

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#11 posted 02-20-2013 03:55 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy, is the key to this project. It looks deceivingly simple but it wasn’t for me. Layout, cutting, and alignment of the notches is critical. Oh, I used walnut oil as a finish.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 02-20-2013 04:34 PM

Great way to circumvent the carving..

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 02-20-2013 05:24 PM

I’ve been trying to think of a way to accomplish a project thats been kicking around in my head and this style my just be the ticket,..nice!

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 02-20-2013 07:36 PM

Hello luv2learn

A great work

A great tutorial
I will try o make a trivet like yours in the future
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#15 posted 02-21-2013 02:14 AM

I saw the original post by DBB and I attempted it using his instructions. The first one failed but the seconded one worked like a charm. Although the Post by DBB was unique in that only hand tools were used. In the second post by Lee the same could be accomplished. I like the way yours finished. Just looks cleaner. Both methods are great projects kids and adults. I really appreciate you post and documentation of the process.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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