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Project by JDNC posted 10-15-2013 09:05 PM 1595 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for something to sell at the fall craft bazaar that our church is hosting in November. I came up with the idea to use 6×6 ceramic tiles that sell for under a dollar at Lowe’s or Home Depot together with some scrap wood from the shop to make hot dish trivets. I picked out a variety of in-stock 6×6 tiles that had the right colors and textures to blend with the Walnut, Maple, and Cherry scraps that I had in the shop. Then I went to work…

Using tile adhesive, I glued each tile to a matching sized 1/2 plywood backer board. Then I made 1” x 3/4” moldings from the wood scraps I had. I used a trim bit to carve a V along the edge of the molding, and then used a chamfer bit to bevel the top edge of the molding. Next I mitered the molding to fit around the tile/plywood combination. Each tile had to be custom cut, as the tiles were not of uniform size. I glued the molding to the plywood base, and held them in place with 1” brads from the underside, until the glue dried.

To finish the wood, I applied two coats of shellac to which I had added a few drops (about 4 drops / oz of shellac) of TransTint Dark Vintage Maple dye – sanding lightly after each coat dried. The final protection was 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal topcoat. I applied plastic self-adhesive feet at each corner to raise the wood up off the counter surface.

I’m hoping that these will be popular – I’m believe that I have about $3 of material in each one, and am thinking that a price point of $12 would be good to move them well. I will let you all know how it comes out.

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 10:52 PM

These look great. I have made a few in the past-usually with 12” tiles. I had good sales, but got tired of making them. Short attention span!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 03:00 AM

great idea. Good luck at the sale.

-- Woodify ~~

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 03:05 AM

Nice pieces. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 04:53 PM

Nice job, been meaning to make these for a while….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 09:00 PM

Very nice idea!

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#6 posted 10-21-2013 03:33 PM

Great looking trivets! Great colors on the tile and wood combo. Like the finish as well. Great job!

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