Copper and Wood Trivets

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Introduction: Copper and Wood Trivets

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These copper pipe and wood trivets are super cheap, fast and beautiful! My favorite type of project. Don't you love it when you just have to glue things together and then you're done?

Plus, who doesn't love trivets you'll gladly leave out to look at? Copper and wood is much more fancy than the grimy cast iron owls I've been using for as long as I can remember. :)

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • wood doweling (I'm using 5/8 inch)
  • copper elbows (1/2 inch)
  • saw (I used a hacksaw at home)
  • E6000 glue

For a small trivet, cut four pieces of wood doweling 4 inches long.

For a large trivet, cut four pieces of wood doweling 6 inches long.

Those two sizes fit all my pans nicely. :)

Step 2: Gluing

The glue here is very important - I don't recommend anything but E6000. It can withstand the heat of pans and it dries incredibly strong and clear, so it's perfect!

Apply about a pea sized blob in the ends of every elbow and let sit for a minute or so. I propped my elbows up so the glue couldn't escape.

Once the glue has set for a sec, insert a dowel and spin it to cover it well with glue. Repeat until everything's glued together.

Now we wait.

Step 3: Let the Glue Cure and Enjoy!

The only downside to E6000 is the long cure time - you should let the trivets sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours. (I made these Friday afternoon and let them cure over the weekend.)

Properly curing the E6000 will ensure you have a strong and thorough bond that will last for ages. :D

Please post a photo if you make them - I'd love to see your version!

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29 Discussions

I looked for a similar glue to E6000 her in the UK and found

Bostik 1782

Said to be clear and temperature resistant

For those concerned about heat transferring to surfaces through the copper elbows you can attach either small soft plastic "dots" to the 4 corners or small round felt circles used on the bottom of legged furniture. Both of these can be purchased at either Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart or most any store.

question: how do you fit a 5/8" diameter dowel into a 1/2" elbow?

Everyone is talking about trivets and hot foods-- these would work equally as well with cold foods straight from the fridge. Condensation directly on wood tables isn't good either and these would work great!

Thanks, Jessy!

A word of Caution. Google E6000 and find a list of Horrific Side Effects. This may not apply to everyone but it's worth the few minutes to check. There are other Super Glues that fit the bill also, I purchase Loctite Super Glue to use.

I was searching for DIY Simple to make trivets. These fit the bill. I will seal the dowels before assembly.

Excellent, Kudos to you.

Jessy, you are my hero!!! The ibles you have done are always easy to follow the instructions, informative, clear and concise. Most of all, I almost always go: Why Didn't I Think Of That!!!
This one, wood and copper, so beautiful, so brilliant, so easy. And as you think about it, there are other things you can make with this combination.
I bow to the Queen of Instructables ?

This gives me a great idea for making my own frames for my artwork! Thanks for the inspiration

Copper is an amazing conductor of heat (one of the reasons it is used in heat sinks and radiators). If the purpose of a trivet is to protect the table surface from the heat of an object, have you seen any ill effects of using these on more heat sensitive surfaces? Perhaps glue a piece of wood on the "bottom" of the dowel to elevate the trivet?

Neat idea. I love the look of natural wood tones with copper. If you were able to keep your wood bright and let your copper patina (or patina before assembly?), it would be an even better contrast.

Simple enough and looking great! However I wonder how really effective they are at protecting fragile surfaces, since if the hot pan touches the copper corners, then heat will still be conducted down to the surface it lies upon. I would try to add some sort of separators/feet so that the copper never touches the surface...

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There's really not enough contact between copper/pot/surface to build significant heat. There's a lot of empty space in the elbows for heat to disperse, as well as a little insulation from the wood. I haven't had any issues so far, but if you're worried you could always add some little wooden feet. :)

Good idea! You might also consider using a "T" on opposite sides to make a cross piece on larger trivets. A single joint in center of cross piece would give a center support. Would make it a bit more stable to place things upon it. You can use mineral oil to seal and protect the wood. It will char if very hot things are placed on it. But, over time, it would add "character" . Mineral oil is also good on chopping blocks and cutting boards. It is food safe. Liberally apply, keep it warm. After a few hours wipe off excess. Copper polish will keep the joints shiny. There are wood dowels available made from hardwoods such as walnut, maple, etc.

http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=wood%20dowel

Varnish, poly coat, spray/brush enamel, tung oil, linseed oil. A favourite is Danish Oil, as it is a penetrating oil, stain, and varnish, and very easy to use. Mind heat reactions, as hot pots will be put on this.

These are awesome! I need to make some so my kitchen table doesn't get ruined any more than it already has been. Can I find the copper elbows at a general hardware store?

Simple yet attractive enought to hang on a wall as art! Love it!