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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Connie as a young woman inspecting bullets during WWII The Big One!

What You Need:

  • A piece of 1"x1" square dowel or trim
  • dowels approximately the thickness of a pencil or hot dog/marshmallow stick summer clearance end caps (You can find these at discount and dollar stores where you can purchase a bag of 10-15 for $1.00 or less)
  • Power drill (cordless or corded, it doesn't matter) with a drill bit the size of your dowels/sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Ruler

  1. Cut your 1"x1" to your desired length (cut two).  Ours were approximately 10 inches.
  2. Place the two pieces of 1"x1" side by side.  Using your ruler, measure in and mark 1 inch from each end.  Next, divide the remaining space equally (ours were about 1.5 inches apart after we measure in the initial 1 inch).  Of course, if you want lager pieces or more dowels there is plenty of customization on this project.
  3. Using your drill, drill holes partially through the 1"x"  square dowel at the marks you made. (Before using your drill, measure approximately 1/2 inch up the drill bit and wrap a piece of masking tape around it.  This will serve as your depth guide to ensure all your holes are the same.)
  4. Take your dowels and cut them into equal lengths depending on how wide you want your trivet to be.
  5. Next, fill each hole on one of the 1"x1" pieces with a dollop of wood glue.
  6. Press each of the dowels into the holes.
  7. Repeat Step 5 on the second 1"x1" section.
  8. Secure the completed trivet with a large rubber band or twine to brace the pieces while it dries.
You can customize your trivet by staining (NOT painting) the dowels any number of shades before assembly.  You can use traditional stain, food coloring, colored inks, etc.  

In spite of all these directions they are super simple to make and make great presents!

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