Picture of Shape Shifting Wood Trivet
In this tutorial I'm going to show you, how to make a trivet, that can change the shape and be very easily stored.

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.

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Step 1: Basic concept

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I'm convinced that a picture is worth a thousand words. The image shows the concept of the trivet. Every piece can be turned freely around the neighbouring pieces.
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

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  • 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)
  • sandpaper

  • 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

brianfss1 year ago
What a great design idea!!
I'm going to use this as an optional project in my technology classes this year. The only part I'll change is to use our laser cutter to cut the plastic connectors. I can cut a gazillion of them in no time and just have them on hand instead of cutting them for each project.
Different contrasting woods, lots of different grain patterns, the desing possibilities are endless. Great inspiration!
BrittLiv (author)  brianfss1 year ago
Thank you! I would love to see some pictures of your results!
Hi BrittLiv this is awesome! I hadn't see it before, but I've found it at the side of my last ible. I really like your trivet, it's much more up-to-date than mine ;-)
BrittLiv (author)  andrea biffi2 years ago
Thank you! Yours is prettier, though.
Excellent tutorial. Thank you!
vincent75202 years ago
Are you sure you wan to further your studies in computational fluid dynamics ???
You are very talented as a designer : don't run from your calling !!!…

I'm in awe !…
Want do you want me to say ?…
Oh yes : excellent design. excellent !…
thingy3 years ago
I'm thinking craft magnets as the center. Thanks for the idea. 5 stars.
Wo0kiE4 years ago
makes me want a drill press even more now...

what gave you the idea?

Like it!
BrittLiv (author)  Wo0kiE4 years ago
Thanks a lot, I actually bought the drill press for that and I love it. I had the idea quite a while back (the kitchen in my last apartment was extremely small), but couldn't realise it due to missing tools.
jackzylkin4 years ago
Wow this is very simple and elegant. I love it!
BrittLiv (author)  jackzylkin4 years ago
Thanks a lot, btw I love your typewriter!
Jayefuu4 years ago
This concept is fantastic! I'm not sure the title pic and title quite do it justice though! I will definitely be making one.
BrittLiv (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Thanks a lot, how would you call it?
Shape Shifting Trivet perhaps? Or Flexible Trivet, Many Shaped Trivet.

I bet that silicone sheet would laser cut brilliantly. I might have to find a sheet. Or maybe OHP sheets would be strong enough.
BrittLiv (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
You are right "Shape Shifting Trivet" sounds a lot better, oh well now it's published... I'm so jealous, I would love to have a laser cutter. It takes quite a while to cut it. I found my sheet on ebay, it is 0,5mm thick.
It is fairly obvious that most projects on this site are telling you 'How to' and 'Make it yourself' So the title could be kept concise just to read 'Shape Shiftin Trivet'. I feel it gives the project a more precise title.

(ps, it was Jayefuu who featured the instructable for you! If you look at the 'info box' on the right hand side it will show the author (you) who has featured the instructable)
kcls gmjhowe4 years ago
It says who featured your i'ble? I don't see it...
Jayefuu kcls4 years ago
It used to. Alas, no more.
kcls Jayefuu4 years ago
Darn. I wonder why?
Jayefuu kcls4 years ago
So FT could remain anonymous if they wished I should think.
BrittLiv (author)  gmjhowe4 years ago
Hi, wow I've learned a lot today, but I can't see who has featured the instructable....
It seems as if you've added some keywords, thanks again!
That feature was removed 4-6 months ago I think. It used to say it just below License.
BrittLiv (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
ahh ok, thanks anyhow.
You have gmjhowe to thanks for that :) We had a quick brainstorm.