Simple trivets

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Project by TroutGuy posted 07-27-2008 03:56 PM 3607 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some leftovers after a small tiling project in my Mom’s kitchen and decided to put the remaining tiles and some off-cuts from my scrap bin to work. The ‘blue’ one is poplar, stained to match a paper towel holder that I made for her, years ago. The ‘natural’ one is western red cedar, pulled from my ‘maybe box’. They’re finished with a couple of coats of satin poly, rubbed out with 0000 steel wool.

The frame corners are simple half-laps. They have 1/4” plywood bottoms, and the tiles are contact cemented in place, ~1/16” proud of the frame. They are slate, from a 4” x 12” strip. I removed the woven backing and sanded the adhesive off before ‘setting’ them. I also had to do a little bit of sanding to get them to fit the frame correctly. I didn’t grout them, as I felt that they would dissipate heat better without it.

Total cost: $0.00

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#1 posted 07-27-2008 06:11 PM

Really Neat!! Thanks!


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#2 posted 07-27-2008 06:23 PM

Now that’s something I might try. Thanks for the idea.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#3 posted 07-27-2008 06:46 PM

these are really nice trivets and the frames are nice and simple :)

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 08:15 AM

Very nice work. Been thinking of trying a similar design.

-- -- Jim E., Oswego, NY. Create, have fun, and work safely!

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#5 posted 08-09-2008 09:55 PM

Very nice work.

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 04:37 AM

Thanks, by the way. I saw your tile trivet and it gave me the idea to do something similar for some Christmas presents.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 12:58 AM

I bought a bunch of rough tiles at the ReStore recently just to do something like this. I like the half-lap frame, it is just as rustic-looking as the tiles.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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