If you wish a modern trivet, not much country style as my previous design
, you can of course take the BrittLiv ingenious way (see her ible here
) or make a square trivet following these instructions.
Step 1: Material and design
As usual I started from available material, and in this case I had a short wood board with square section. So I designed the trivet with a fast sketch, and happy of the result I begun to cut the wood pieces with a circular saw.
Step 2: The rough components
To make the connections between squares any little cylinder will be good. I opted for little dowels used for boards junctions, they're perfect for my purpose, except regarding the colour.
Arrange the nine pieces in a square shape, and pay attention that adjacent borders match one each other. When you've found the best arrangement, you can mark any piece with a number and with the position of the connections. Pencil traces will disappear when you'll sand the surfaces.
Also mark the center of any hole with a little punch, in this way you'll be able to drill the piece side with no efforts.
Step 3: The connections
Because I didn't like the wood colour of the connections, I decided to envelope the dowels in black little hot-shrinking tubes. This will add a better contrast between light wood pieces and dark connection cylinders.
The cylinders are 30 millimeters long, and the central third will be covered by the shrinking tubes, so any piece of tube is 10 millimeters long.
Step 4: The holes
Now you can drill the holes, pay attention to make any hole 10 mm deep, this will simplify centering the cylinders when you glue them.
Since you'll glue any piece, the holes could be a little wider than the cylinders, so you've not to push them too tight in place.