Step 1: What You'll Need
* I bought mine pre-cut at Flax art supply store but you could also cut your own. Just make sure the wood is dry.
- 10" x 10" piece of medium thick leather
* I chose a neutral color, but a bright color could also be fun as it would show up in between the circles
- print out of leather backing pattern on 8 1/2 x 11" paper (file attached below)
- Guerrilla Glue or contact cement
- a pen, ruler & exacto knife
- sandpaper (120, 240 & 400 grit - 1 sheet each)
- fabric scissors
- 3 clamps (not pictured)
- 12" x 14" piece of plywood or a large hard cover book
- inexpensive painting brush
- matte Clear & Clean wood finish (water based)
Step 2: Sand Your Slices
If they aren't, you'll need to do a bit of sanding in order to achieve this.
If they are, you can skip this step.
To even up all your thicknesses, tape down your 120 sand paper and using even strokes and elbow grease, sand each disc ON ONE SIDE ONLY until you've achieved 'sameness' for all 10 discs.
Change out the 120 grit for the 240 grit and give the sanded sides a couple of passes each.
*The reason you only sand one side is to keep the side you'll be gluing to the leather rough so it 'grabs on' to the glue for a better bond.
Step 4: Trace Pattern Onto Leather
Step 5: Cut Out Your Leather Backing Piece
Step 6: Play With Your Pieces
Because they're not perfect circles, it will take a bit of fiddling to get them all touching each other and centered on the backing piece.
Step 7: Get Gluing
If you're using contact cement, follow the instructions on the container and use the glue placement suggestions outlined below.
Gorilla Glue Gluing (love me some alliteration):
You'll be gluing one wood piece at a time in an effort to keep the alignment you worked so hard to achieve in the last step.
Lightly wet the back of your first disc using your brush and set aside. Squeeze a bit of glue onto the exposed leather spot. Use your wood scrap piece to thinly spread it out, being careful not to spread it onto the leather spots that will be seen in between the discs. *Gorilla Glue expands as it dries so it's very important that the glue layer be thin!
Put the first disc back in place, wet side down. Repeat the above process for the remaining 9 discs.
Step 8: Squish and Clamp
Keep clamped for 2 hours.
Step 9: Seal It
Let dry for 2 hours.
Step 10: The Finishing Touch
This trivet has been tested with a kettle that was heated over a gas burner. It passed. : ) I wouldn't recommend it for things coming straight out of the oven.