Below are my steps if you want to make your own.
5) Once I had my templates the way I wanted them, I went to a lumber supplier and purchased some 1/2"x 2 1/2" solid pine.
6) Now that I had my wood and my templates, I just started tracing then cutting. After I cut a few out, I would kick back and smooth out the edges with sandpaper then cut a few more out and repeat.
A few notes before you go:
- I wouldn't use plywood. I thought about using all the scrap I already have in my shop but I bet the steam from cooking will break down the glue after a few uses and the layers will start separating. Instead go for something solid.
- To find solid wood that is already a 1/2" you will have to find an actual lumber supplier because Home Depot and Lowes only sale plywood and 1xs. If you live in the Fort Worth area, Teague Lumber is a good resource. If you don't, then search Google for "lumber supplier" and see what pops up.
- I bought two 8' boards and was able to make 64 pot guards total. So that gives you a rough idea of how to calculate how much wood you will need to buy for the number you want to create.
- I looked into what type of finishing I could use for these guys and found that there are stain finishes that are FDA approved that would be safe to use around food. However, they have a tolerance rating of 130 degrees for wet heat (steam) which means if you put stain on these guys then put them around steam, the stain will come off. So my recommendation is to leave it natural and use an oil to seal it. I used mineral oil which requires frequent reapplications.
- If you don't want to make them but still can't live without them, then you can purchase them for $7 at Made In Bohuslan. (I'm not making that up....that's the real name)
Total Time: It takes about 3 mins to cut each one
Total Cost: It comes out to about 27cents per pot guard