Crosscut Trivets Stepbystep

Oak Trivet

PHOTO B: Reposition the fence at VA in. and 2Vi in. from the bit lor the second and third rounds of cuts. Continue milling the grooves in three passes, raising the bit after each, until the trivet is completed.

PHQTO A; Make the first series of grooves with the router fence set hi in. away from a fe-ln. straight bit raised to 3ae in. Cut two parallel grooves into one face, then flip the workpiece and cut two grooves in this face that are perpendicular to the grooves in the opposite face. Raise the blade to % in. and then 7Ae in., cutting progressively deeper grooves until the Intersections between the grooves open up.

Straighttight-grained plain-sawn stock such ay oak or cherry will produce nicer cross-grain cuts, but experiment with a variety of hardwoods to produce an interesting collection of these unique trivets. Mahogany, maple and walnut are other good wood choices. We routed the lattice-style pattern with a straight bit to produce square, flat-bottomed grooves.

0 Rip and crosscut a x 6i^-in. blank of ;M-in. cherry. Sand the faces and edges smooth and flat.

0 Install a 1-2-in. straight bit in the router. Use a freshly sharpened or new carbide-tipped bit for best results. NOTE: You could also make all of the following cuts on the table saw with a dado blade,

O Make the first round of passes: Set your router table fence M in. from the bit, with the bit raised to Me in., and cut along one face of the blank with the grain. Then rotate the trivet 180" and make a second groove on the same face. Flip the work piece over, rotate it 90° and make a third pass. Finally, rotate the piece 180° and cut a fourth groove.

O With the fence at the same setting, raise the bit to % in. and repeat the same sequence of cuts you made in Step 3 to cut deeper grooves. After you've made these passes, raise the bit another Hi; in. to 7/ie overall, and make four more passes to cut clear through the groove intersections (See Photo A).

0 Move the fence 1 Vi in. from the bit. and repeat the bit-raising milling process to cut four more grooves. Then set the fence position for the third and final round of cuts to 2 Vi in. from the bit. Complete these grooves to finish the latticed pattern (See Photo B).

0 Sand lightly to ease the cut edges. Do not apply a finish if the trivets will be useH beneath hot cook-ware, or the finish could melt.

PHQTO A; Make the first series of grooves with the router fence set hi in. away from a fe-ln. straight bit raised to 3ae in. Cut two parallel grooves into one face, then flip the workpiece and cut two grooves in this face that are perpendicular to the grooves in the opposite face. Raise the blade to % in. and then 7Ae in., cutting progressively deeper grooves until the Intersections between the grooves open up.

PHOTO B: Reposition the fence at VA in. and 2Vi in. from the bit lor the second and third rounds of cuts. Continue milling the grooves in three passes, raising the bit after each, until the trivet is completed.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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