These are trivets, cutting boards or cheese boards we make out of the shops scrap lumber pile.
Each board starts off as a square core piece of wood 24" long, successive pieces are glued around the core piece in a pattern. The long is complete when it is as big as the design requires, no bigger than 12" x12" x24". Any bigger and it just gets too, heavy. We slice off sections like a loaf of bread on both the table saw and the band saw. Each slice goes through the drum sander until it is flat. Then they get sanded from 120grit up to 2000grit using a butcher block wax/mineral oil product.
Voila, you have a trivet.
The designs vary depending on who assembles my wife or myself and the scrap in the bin. -- Originally posted by NHSchreiner