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Trivet

By Shaper | Created January 25th, 2018 | Published January 25th, 2018

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Practice a technique for cutting on both sides of your work piece with this fun base for your hot pots and pans.

1 hr

Easy

40

Category

Kitchen
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¾” Hardwood (at least 10 in x 10 in), ¾” Plywood (at least 10 in x 24 in), Spoilboard, ShaperTape, Double sided tape, 180 Grit sandpaper
Shaper Origin, ¼” Up-Cut bit
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Prepare your work table

Setup your spoilboard on top of your work table.

This project is an example of how to use a combination of hardwood and plywood to achieve a double-sided cut.

IMPORTANT: Your hardwood and plywood materials must be the same thickness. Alternatively you could use one longer piece of hardwood (10 in. x 30 in.) in place of the plywood and turn the waste material into a matching cutting or cheese board .

In the area you will be cutting, apply double-sided tape about 4 in. apart on the back of your material. Remove backing from the tape and stick down to your spoilboard, making sure that the two materials are butted up together and the tape is in aligned.

Clamp the material and spoilboard together securely to the work table.

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Set up your workspace

Apply ShaperTape to your material in the area that the camera will be tracking while cutting. For this design, we recommend at least 10 in. x 20 in. of taped work surface above your cut area (on the plywood sheet).

Note: The trivet will be cut out of the hardwood and then you will use the plywood to cut a template for cutting the backside of the trivet.

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Scan and place design

Scan your work surface and Place the design file in the workspace so that one trivet design falls on the hardwood and the other falls on the plywood.

Once placed, test your placement by hovering over the edges of your design with the tool to make sure you will be able to complete all cuts without running into clamps, edges, or losing view of ShaperTape.

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Install ¼” Up-Cut Bit

Install the ¼” Up-Cut Bit.

On screen, update the following:

Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Z touch to calibrate the new bit height to your workspace

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Cut the interior slots with two rough passes

You will first cut the interior slots for the trivet in the hardwood with two rough passes.

Hover over the edge of a slot and update/confirm the below settings to make your cuts.

Pass #1
Depth: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Cut type: Inside
Offset: 0.02 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

Pass #2:
Depth: 3/8” (0.375 in.)

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Finish cut for interior slots

In order to clean up the edges, you will make a finish pass around each slot.

Hover over the edge of a slot and update/confirm the following settings to make your cuts:

Depth: ⅜” (0.375 in.)
Cut type: Inside
Offset: 0 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

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Cut the exterior trivet contour with three rough passes

You will use three rough passes to cut the exterior trivet shape from the hardwood, increasing the depth by ¼” with each pass.

Hover over the edge of the trivet contour and update/confirm the below settings to make your cuts.

Pass #1:
Depth: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Cut type: Outside
Offset: 0.02 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

Pass #2:
Depth: ½” (0.5 in.)

Pass #3:
Depth: 0.7 in.

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Finish the cut exterior trivet contour

Hover over the edge of the trivet contour and update/confirm the following settings to make your finish cut:

Depth: ¾” (0.75 in.)
Cut type: Outside
Offset: 0 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

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Cut a template in the plywood

Now that you’ve cut the trivet out of the hardwood, cut a template out of the plywood using an Inside cut. This template will be used to cut the backside of the hardwood trivet.

Again, you will make three rough passes for this cut. Update/confirm the below settings and make your cuts.

Pass #1:
Depth: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Cut type: Inside
Offset: 0.01 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

Pass #2:
Depth: ½” (0.5 in.)

Pass #3:
Depth: ¾” (0.75 in.)

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Finish cut for the template

In order to get a precise fit for the hardwood trivet, you will make a finish pass around the inside of the plywood template cut. For this you will do a very small negative offset so that the trivet fits in very securely.

Hover over the edge of the trivet template shape and update/confirm the following settings:

Depth: ¾” (0.75 in.)
Cut type: Inside
Offset : -0.02 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

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Flip and place trivet in template

After you remove the plywood cutout, vacuum any dust out of the space and place a fresh piece of double sided tape down on the spoilboard below the template. Place the cut side of the trivet against the spoilboard, tapping it down until it is flush with the plywood.

Note: Make sure the slots facing down are perpendicular to the ones you are about to cut on the opposite side.

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Cut the interior slots with two rough passes

Now you will cut the slots into the other side of the trivet with two rough passes.

Hover over the edge of a slot and update/confirm the below settings to make your cuts.

Pass #1:
Depth: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Cut type: Inside
Offset: 0.02 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

Pass #2:
Depth: ⅜” (0.375 in.)

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Finish cut for inside slots

Make a finish cut around the inside of each slot.

Hover over the edge of a slot and update/confirm the following settings to make your finish cuts:

Depth: ⅜” (0.375 in.)
Cut type: Inside
Offset: 0 in.
Bit size: ¼” (0.25 in.)
Spindle speed (off screen): 5

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Remove, sand, and finish

Pry the workpiece from the spoilboard and pop the trivet out. Sand all sides with 180 grit sandpaper and if you would like, apply a food safe finish.

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Congrats!

You’re all finished and now your hot pots and pans have a place at the table!

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