Trivets (2012.12.25)

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Project by Dawn posted 06-01-2013 04:03 PM 2686 views 13 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As Christmas presents, I made a bunch of trivets this year using the table saw and a 3/8” dado blade. They’re fairly easy to make. Here is the article of instructions:

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#1 posted 06-01-2013 05:39 PM

Great project. These come in so handy!

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

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 10:22 PM

Did you apply a finish and what wood did you use?

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#3 posted 06-01-2013 10:41 PM

The wood is oak, albeit very sappy. The sap added to the look of the trivets, I think. I considered using mineral oil as a finish, what I use on cutting boards, but ended up leaving them unfinished. Any suggestions for a finish?

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 03:22 PM

Nice. Great explanation of how to do this, especially with the caveats about mistakes. The first time I did a trivet a couple years ago, I forgot to turn the first cut 90 degrees and cut the darn thing in half. :-)
(probably shouldn’t admit that on a public forum, hehe)

I would add a possible addition to the process that I’ve done on a few recently. Glue two boards together with the grain running 90° to each other. Makes for a seriously stronger trivet, and allows you to make it two-tone if you like.

I always use mineral oil as a finish. Seems that anything else would not lend itself to the hot pieces that these will be used for.

-- -- Don from PA

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