Adjustable Trivet

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Turn your wooden leftovers into a versatile coaster for casseroles

By Russ Svendsen

A trivet is a great gift and an appropriate way to express appreciation to any cook in your life. And this is no ordinary trivet. In addition to being a lovely thing to look at, it adjusts in length to support anything from a small pot to a 9 × 13" casserole dish. (Of course, you can easily adjust the size shown here to suit whatever serving dishes you like.) It’s also a good opportunity to use scraps of special wood you’ve been hoarding. If you like, Woodcraft offers a variety of woods in the form of 2 × 2 × 12" turning blanks, which work perfectly for the trivet supports. The hardwood dowels needed are also available in different woods if you want to mix things up. Except for the dowels, all of the parts are cut long and trimmed to final length only after they’ve been drilled to accept dowels and the trivet can be partially assembled. Making this project is a fun challenge because, for the pieces to slide properly, the holes in the supports need to be located and drilled very accurately. To ensure that, you’ll need to first make the hole-drilling jig shown. It’s a good investment in time, since it also makes production of multiples a lot quicker and easier, as does the pattern-routing template for the handles. That’s important because you may be surprised by how many folks request one of these. To paraphrase the old pistachio commercial: “Bet you can’t make just one!”


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