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I'm working on a special birthday gift for my mother, whose birthday is August 4. I made this small trivet today to test cutting, clamping and sanding techniques, and to assess the time and effort required for each step. It's made of scrap woods: sapele, maple and walnut. Each piece is a ¾" cube, with strips of varying thickness. One of the main things I was testing was to see how strong the bond would be between long grain glued up perpendicular to other long grain. With Titebond II, it looks like it will work just fine. I also feel pretty confident in moving on to the real project, recognizing that clamping a full-sized project will be a lot easier than this postcard-sized piece.

I used a block plane with an adjustable mouth to do the gross leveling of the piece and progressive grits on an RO sander (60-220 grits) to sand before finishing. The finish is just three wiped-on coats of mineral oil.

That peach and those blueberries look like they are gigantic, but the board is only 4-⅝" x 6-½".

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Looks like a great test Don, and a handy little gadget for the kitchen to boot. Really looking forward to the "secret" project…...charge on…
 

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Looks great, Don. You might want to make a second one to match, then give two trivets and the cutting board as a set. Or make a second one to pair with the first and save for Christmas.
 

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So that is a combination of end grain and side grain? It looks cool. I'd say test successful.
 

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Great lookin' trivet…. for JUST an experiment!!!

Can't wait to see the "Real Deal" done!!!
From the "practice exam"..... it's gonna be fantastic!!!
 

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That came out real nice…! Gluing up such small pieces must have been tricky…but it seems like you got it done.
Your Mama ought to really like it…
 

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Looking good…great use of small scraps!
 

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Good job and I I like the color combination. Now we need a big one.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement! It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot in the process. I've already started on the real project. I milled and cut some of the pieces to size this afternoon. One small glue up in in the clamps now.

Jeff-I appreciate the tips and the advice I got from your own projects and videos.

Chris-Good idea. I might have enough scraps for a few coasters to match.

BillM-End grain on the blocks; long grain on the dividers. A little tricky on the glue up, I must say, 'specially for my first one evah!

Randy-The real project should be ready for the reveal by, say, August 3 or so.

Greg-It was a bit tricky, but I glued up the pieces in strips, cut and then glued up the cut pieces. The real tricky part was trying to fit the clamps needed to apply even pressure over such a small area.

terryR-Best part is that the scraps came from a friend of mine that let me rummage through his scrap bin to find these pieces. My only cost was a bunch of glue.

Thanks, Monte. Soon, very soon.
 

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Gluing long grain pieces with end grain pieces will result in cracked glue joints. The wood will move in different directions and the stresses created will break the joint. I have seen it happen. Sorry to rain on your parade.
 

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No problem, David. I actually did this as a test before I do the real thing. I have to cut and glue up a bunch of small, thin pieces to the blocks and then glue them up as a unit.
 

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Don, That looks really cool but I share David's concerns. I got away with a similar format by gluing all the parts to an underlayment of 3/16" MDF. But mine was a top for a valet and not a cutting board.
 

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Pretty li'l trivet, Don.
Like Andy and David, I'd want the glued surfaces to be either face or edge grain on a larger piece.
Cut your sanding time with a router sled. Use a bowl bit for nice smooth cuts.
 

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NIce lil trivet, Don! Hope it endures. Mom will love the board either way!
 

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I made one similar in a large format and had it explode when the humidity changed. I had been so proud of it.
 

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looks great Don,thought the same thing when i first looked those are some big berrts and peach, great Job ,
 

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Hello Don

Looking good

using scraps is a solution to have new space in the shop !!

Great work

Thanks for sharing
 

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Don

Looks great. Reminds me of segmented turning.

Being ignorant again but I forgot what a Trivit is.
 

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I did a couple of things like that and found that it seldom worked.
Here is a picture of a small tray I made for the wife to put her junk in.
It lasted about 6 months and even though it's a horrible picture, you should be able to see that the wood pulled away from the end of the next piece, but it also warped upward.

 

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Looks good.
You're well ahead of me. The only thing I've gotten done on my obligated cutting board is think about it.
 

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David/Andy/Gene/Dallas-I'm thinking that I might just cut a shallow groove (a saw blade kerf wide) for the "dividers" and friction fit a spline in the groove without glue. My thinking is that would allow the long grain to move independent of the end grain. Think that'd work?
 
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