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Teardrop trivet

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688 copies
Mo Stych

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Mo Stych

General Information

This fun teardrop pattern carves beautifully with a 90-degree v-bit. There are multiple projects for you to carve in the file.

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Material Description Price
Bamboo Plywood

Bamboo Plywood

Thickness: 3/4 in - don't use 1, Plies: 3 - don't use 3, Dimensions: 12 in × 12 in - don't use 4

Carbide V-Bits

Carbide V-Bits

Shank Diameter: 1/4 in, Cutting Diameter: 1/2 in, Tip Angle: 90 Degree


HSS Upcut 2 Flute - 1/4 in Cutting x 1/4 in Shank

HSS Upcut 2 Flute - 1/4 in Cutting x 1/4 in Shank

Onsrud-brand bit with 1/4" shank and cutting diameter for cutting woods and soft metals


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Choose your design

10 minutes

There are three different styles for this trivet in the Easel file; hexagon, square, and a teardrop. They all utilize the same basic teardrop-shaped pattern for the design.

Open the Easel file’s workpieces and decide which one you are going to carve. Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll need to use a 1/4" bit for the cutout v-bit for the engraving. The workpieces are labeled to help you decide which one to carve. Feel free to move things around and make your own pattern or trivet shape!


Carve v-bit design

25 minutes

Using a 90-degree v-bit, carve the pattern of your trivet first.


Carve cutout shape

20 minutes

Once the v-carving is complete, swap out your bit for something hefty enough to carve through your material. Since my trivet is 3/4" thick, I opted for a 1/4" spiral upcut to carve out the hexagon shape. Bambook is a softer wood, so it carved nicely with a larger bit.


Sand and finish

15 minutes

Sand down any rough edges. I always find that a little bit of mineral oil helps bring out the beautiful patterning of wood, especially bamboo plywood.

Once the oil sets, enjoy your new trivet!