Sinuous stainless-steel tiles form a fun pattern on this colorful trivet. Customize the colors to suit your kitchen, or turn them into distinctive wall art.
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From the 1 x 2 pine board, cut four pieces 8-1/2 inches long for each trivet you plan to make. (Each board can be cut into 11 sides.) Sand the edges, faces, and ends smooth.
From the plywood, cut a 7-1/4 inch square for each trivet. Sand the outside face of the plywood smooth.
If you don’t have a circular saw or table saw, have a Lowe’s associate cut the squares in the store. If you have a miter saw, have a Lowe’s associate cut the plywood into strips 7-1/4 inches wide. Then use your miter saw to cut the squares as needed.
Along the face of each 1 x 2 piece that will be glued to a plywood square, stain a 3/8-inch-wide strip along the top edge. (You’ll stain the rest of each 1 x 2 after the sides are attached to the plywood square.) Then paint the face of the plywood square the color of your choice without painting the edges. After the paint dries, measure diagonally between the corners and place a small mark at the center.
By staining the sides where they will meet the plywood before assembly, you save yourself the trouble of masking off the plywood square to protect the paint.
Cut four spacers 1/4 inch thick. Rest the painted face of the plywood square on the spacers arranged on a flat work surface. Glue and clamp a side to the plywood with the stained strip adjoining the painted face and one end flush with a corner of the plywood. After the glue dries, glue and clamp a second side with one end against the face of the first side. Repeat for the two remaining sides.
If you don’t have 1/4-inch-thick scrap, make four spacers by taping together stacks of three quarters.
Stain the remaining faces, edges, and ends of the sides and turn the trivet with the painted face up.
Remove a single round penny tile from its backing. Use a general-purpose adhesive to fasten the tile to the plywood at the center mark. Then arrange eight of the stainless-steel tiles in a pattern around the center tile. One by one, apply a dab of adhesive to the back of a tile and press it in place on the plywood. Let dry overnight before using.
Before using the trivet, check to make sure the top faces of the stainless-steel tiles stand slightly higher than the edges of the wood frame.
Vary the paint and stain colors used to achieve different looks using the same tiles.
Handy in the kitchen or grouped as wall art, these trivets can be assembled for less than $50 for four.