Casserole Trivets


Casserole Trivets

SSW60Use longer blanks to make larger trivets
By Ron Forsyth

When I was having dinner with a neighbor one night, she served a casserole hot from the oven. To protect the table, she positioned two trivets side by side, which inspired me to make trivets large enough to hold a casserole dish. However, without gluing up blanks, it’s difficult to find wood more than 7 3/4″ (197mm) wide. I decided to design patterns that use longer, rather than wider, wood to accommodate casserole dishes.

Making the Trivets

Cover the wood with blue painter’s tape and attach the pattern to the tape. Drill blade-entry holes and cut the inside frets. I cut the perimeter last, especially if the design has a round outline (see Tip). Use a 1/4″ (6mm)-radius roundover bit in a router or laminate trimmer (a smaller, less expensive version of a router) to round the outside edges of the trivet. Sand the trivet and remove the dust. Finally, dip the trivet in an oil finish, such as salad bowl finish, to seal the wood and accentuate the grain.

If you struggle to scan and print large patterns from the pattern pullout of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Fall 2015 (Issue 60), the patterns attached have been tiled so you can download and print on standard 8-1/2” by 11 paper.


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