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Wooden branch trivet

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If you live in a wood cottage in the middle of a forest, or maybe it's enough you like country style, you would like this trivet too. It's made cutting some disks from a little wood branch, and linking them together with short cord segments. You can arrange the disks in variuos shapes, in this instructable I show you some choices, but there are infinite, also you can start from a bigger branch, and make a kitchen carpet instead of a trivet ;-)
 
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Step 1: The slices

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As material it's better choose a seasoned wood, so it will not cracks with time, and it will not expel humidity exposed to the heat of the pots. You can also let it seasoning after the end of the making process. I've started from a branch with a regular circular section, but you can obtain good results, and maybe better ones, with a more rough shape (it depends on how much deep you live in the forest...) You have also the opportunity to leave the bark or to remove it, I've left it in some of my trivet, as you can see in the first picture, but I removed it with sand paper in this bigger disks.

Step 2: The RPG version

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You can obtain a nearly circular trivet with an exagonal arrangment, but if you like more chess than role games maybe you would choose a square disposal. I've made both but the square one is in the my mountain house (only near the forest).

Step 3: The classic one

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Look at the reciprocal connection between wood disks to count how many holes you need to drill in any disk side. If you're more lazy than me I've already counted for you and noted on the blueprints.
clever idea .. artistic .. practical .. well thought through construction .. nice illustrative pictures .. time to gather some tree trunk
foobear1 year ago
How does it hold up? Is the glue keeping together or is it fragile? I like the idea
andrea biffi (author)  foobear1 year ago
Hi, silicon keep the rope stick to the wood all around it's surface, so it's a very strong connection, a little elastic too, which gives to the trivet a nice malleability
vishalapr1 year ago
Awesome idea! It looks great when its on a white table
Gelfling61 year ago
Nicely done, although, from personal experience, I'd be VERY careful putting that type of espresso pot on anything not fire-proof.. I've Both with a gas stove & electric stove, I've had the bottom sections of that type of pot get hot enough, once the water has boiled up through, then the remaining boil off, hot enough to burn the shape of the pot bottom into a plain wooden table (and set off the smoke detector, freaking out the rest of family.)(I won't even get into detail of what it did to a Formica counter-top.).. But, for anything that doesn't get that hot or holds liquid to draw some of the heat away, this is a great idea! Otherwise, you might find what little moisture is boiled right out of the wood, and possibly a much darker wood from getting roasted.
andrea biffi (author)  Gelfling61 year ago
Hi Gelfling, pay attention to remove the moka from the stove at once you listen vapor coming out. In that way the few water remained in the lower half will keep the temperature of the moka not far from 100°C. Also that is essential to avoid water boiling after passing through the coffee...
I really love moka coffee!
Just Awesome :). Great Show. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness.
This is going to be my first project the day that I will start to work with wood!
andrea biffi (author)  lindarose921 year ago
Great! You can try the carpet way ;-)
Very nice idea! Love rustic!
andrea biffi (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks Nicole! Glad you like it :-)
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