I Can Do That: Fish Sticks


This trivet is simple and fun to make – in any number of shapes.
By Megan Fitzpatrick
Pages: 24-25

From the October 2009 issue #178
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This simple trivet is incredibly easy to make, and very inexpensive. I spent $16.44 (including tax) for four 1/2″ x 2″ x 4′ pieces of red oak stock at the home center (and if you happen to have scraps and a table saw, well, this fun project is basically free).

Begin by clamping a stop-block 8″ to the left of your miter saw blade (if you’re right-handed), then proceed to cut 15 8″-long pieces. The stop block keeps you from having to measure and mark each piece – butt the end of the stock against the block for each cut and hold the workpiece with your left hand.

Now grab a small piece of scrap (or use the end of one of your 8″-long pieces) to serve as a stand-off block for the next cuts. A stand-off block is basically just a spacer that’s used to set up a cut, then removed before the cut is made, to keep little pieces from getting trapped against a fence and perhaps rubbing up against the saw blade, which could cause the piece to go flying (possibly into your face – ouch). Now clamp your stop-block to the fence to the right of the blade at 2 1/4″ plus the width of your stand-off block, hold the stand-off block against your stop-block, and butt your stock against it. Hold the workpiece in place as you remove the stand-off block, then make the cut. Repeat this nine more times.

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From the October 2009 issue #178
Buy this issue now