Being a student space is very valuable in my kitchen. This trivet can be used for pans and pots of different sizes, without needing a huge amount of storage space.
Btw this is a great gift for mums and grandmas.
Step 1: Basic Concept
You can of course connect more than one piece to another.
In one of my earlier tries I've used round 2x2 lego plate to connect the pieces, like probably you I wondered, whether the plastic is stable enough, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get it to melt, by placing hot pots and casserole dishes on it. This is not to surprising, because wood is a pretty good insulator and because of the holes between the disks a heat accumulation is prevented.
But the connections weren't strong enough and it kept falling apart.
Step 2: What You Need
- wooden disks (at least 30; the height should be at least 6 mm), the size doesn't really matter, they shouldn't be smaller then 3cm, remember the smaller they are the more you will need.
- smaller wooden pieces, the height should be between 4 and 8 mm and the diameter about 1,5 cm (I've used game pieces)
- very strong glue
- a silicone sheet (to get the exact size follow this Instructable and then calculate it accordingly to your trivet)
- a drill press
- a Forstner drill bit (the diameter has to be the same as the smaller wood piece)
- a Circle Cutter, not really necessary, but makes your life a whole lot easier)
- a box cutter
Step 3: Cut the Wooden Disks
Step 4: Drill
How deep you will have to drill depends on the hight of you smaller wooden pieces. There should be enough space to connect the pieces, but not much more or your trivet will get unstable. Remember, that the centre point is longer than the hole you are going to drill.
Once you've adjusted the drill, don't change anything any more and drill every piece in the exact same way.
Step 5: Connect the Pieces
The holes need to be a bit bigger then then your small wooden pieces. I've started to cut the outline with the circle and the box cutter and when I was done with all the pieces, I started cutting the smaller holes.
Step 6: Glue
Now you will have to glue the pieces that will connect your top and bottom part to your wooden disks.
Start by glueing the smaller pieces, into one of the bigger disks, lay out the connectors and glue the second piece on top of it. Make sure, that you don't glue the silicone to the wood, by always trying to turn the pieces.
Step 7: What Now?
An other way could be to use different types of wood, to make it look more interesting or carve something into it.
Maybe you can think of a way to use this concept for something different, e.g. jewellery or a toy (I can't stop playing with it ;-)).
So please let me see with what you come up.