Scrap Wood Trivet

Hi everyone!  The project I am going to share today is super easy, fun, and useful.  Plus, if you have scraps laying around it can also be free!!  Here is my Scrap Wood Trivet...
Make a beautiful Scrap Wood Trivet with a picture tutorial at MyLove2Create.
I am so loving it!

Make a beautiful Scrap Wood Trivet with a picture tutorial at MyLove2Create.
But, I probably love it even more because it was a happy accident.  Let me start from the beginning...
scrap wood before
It began with these four pieces of scrap wood, they were left over pieces from the drawer fronts of my Reclaimed wood media console.  (which, by the way, was also made entirely from scraps) :)
measuring and marking wood
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I was planning on using them to make some small trivets that would be 8'' square so I cut the four boards to 8''.  When I finished and saw the four pieces I had cut off the end of the boards I got an idea...
dry fitting scraps into a pattern
I took the pieces and started playing around...and ended up with this.  Of course I fell in love with it, and decided I would make a larger trivet with this wood and use some other scrap 1x3 wood for my smaller trivets.  (can you see the small white boards off to the side?  Those are crib slats and I used those for the smaller trivets)  So that is how this trivet came about, I love unexpected projects! :)
cutting a base board for a trivet
I debated threading through the pieces with rope to connect them, but knew my time was limited so I opted to just glue them to a base piece of wood.

When I did my kids frozen treat stand a few months ago we accidentally broke the top piece to the night stand we repurposed.  I knew it would be perfect for this trivet base, so I cut it to size with my Kreg Rip-Cut and Ryobi Circular Saw.
staining wood
I applied wood conditioner to all the pieces and stained the bottom piece with Rustoleum Kona.  For the top pieces I used Minwax natural stain.
wood dimensions for scrap wood trivet
This is what I ended up with when I was done cutting and staining the wood.

For one large trivet you will need:

4- 1x3's @ 8''
4- 1x3's @ 2 3/4''
1- piece of plywood or project panel wood cut to 10 1/2'' square
DAP Rapid Fuse
Finishing supplies (paint, stain as desired)
Miter saw or Circular saw to cut the wood
using Dap rapid fuse to make trivet
I was introduced to DAP Rapid Fuse at Haven (a blogging conference) this year.  It really works amazingly well and I am excited to use it more in the future!  I was using it on my small trivets and decided to also use it for this large one.
gluing pieces together
I started by gluing the outside pieces and the middle pieces together first.  Then I glued the outside square to the base board, and finished by centering the middle piece inside.
Make a beautiful Scrap Wood Trivet with a picture tutorial at MyLove2Create.
Here is a visual of the whole process.  Add glue to one of the sides, then put the pieces together and press firmly for 30 seconds, done.  I recommend you wear gloves when you use this glue, I was out of them, and made sure I was really careful...but do as I say not as I do...

What I love about this adhesive is that it holds in 30 seconds, and cures in 30 minutes and it is strong as heck!  A quick and easy way to do a small project!
Scrap Wood Trivet, MyLove2Create
Here is a view from the top.
Scrap Wood Trivet, MyLove2Create
And the side...I just love pretty wood, don't you!?
Scrap Wood Trivet, MyLove2Create
This will be perfect for serving in the kitchen, as well as for decorative use.
Scrap Wood Trivet, MyLove2Create
Not bad for an unexpected project!

So do you think you will attempt this?  It would make a great gift, or a fun project with the kids!

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  1. Mindi,

    I LOVE your scrap wood trivet! It's sooo pretty and I love that it's all scrap wood. pinning!!

  2. This would be a great gift! The wheels are already turning in my head about how I'm going to make mine and who I'll give them to. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Hi Mindi, I love your project, it would make a great gift. Thank you for sharing at SYC! xx Jo

  4. This is a wonderful idea. We have a big box of scrap ends gathering. I thought about using it for a wood door mat, but I like this idea much better. Especially with the fall season when we will be serving hot foodstuffs much more Pinned as well.

  5. Mindi, This is a great idea! It is great looking and very functional. thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  6. Love how sleek that looks! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It! :)

  7. It's beautiful Mindi! I think they would be awesome gifts. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Such a beautiful trivet with style. Love that you are so handy. Thanks for sharing the Rapid Fuse. I did not know about it. I envy your skills. Happy Wednesday.


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