Small mirror for my morning shaving (blog)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-27-2021 11:33 AM 547 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mirror, mirror on the allotment…
small mirror for my morning shaving.

Here just a little project of joy.
I like to do my shavings outside in the sun, no not wood shavings now, here we are talking the beard.

When shaving last summer, I were just guessing the first period, no mirror just a shave, but… Even though I have been shaving for app forty years now, I still need a mirror, to see if I have been all over and to cut the edges sharp after.
So every day, for the rest of the summer, I brought out the toilet mirror…
So yes I needed a mirror!

Some exotic wood (I know it was exotic, as it were doing some belly dance, while planing it), a rabbet and an open mortise, tenon at the corners.

Drill through the joint.

To add a skewer, for strength and to hold it together, if the glue can not stand the weather, I did use an outdoor glue though.

A couple of holes for a small cord.

Clamp it up while drying.

Pressure on each side of the joints.

Finally planing of the end grain sticking out from the joints, with a low angle 62.

I can see my workshop!

Testing with a Japanese shave.

Less is plenty.

Final joint.

Then it was waiting, for the spring to arrive.

Please notice, the yellow stained glass has been replaced with beautiful old windows, since the beginning last summer and the house got painted, I were a busy bee last summer.
That was why the mirror got the small cord, so it can stand on the table, when not in use and then be hung on a small hook, when shaving.
I also bought the beautiful antique set, for water and shaving gear.

I can’t wait for the flowers to blossom and the bees to buzz around, while doing my morning or late night shaving there.

Yes it’s also my outdoor kitchen.

Perhaps I should make a wee update on how the allotment looks after a year and a half has passed now, since I bought the little place…

Hope it can be to some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 04-27-2021 11:52 AM

Very nice small project, Mads! I’ve tried shaving in a hotel with a broken mirror, and that’s the one time I will revert to using the emergency battery-powered shaver that is in the truck. It doesn’t do a great job, but it’s at least fairly safe to use even when I cannot see what I’m doing.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-27-2021 12:15 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention! Very sturdy frame!! and That flush cut saw has no set so you’re safe!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-27-2021 02:24 PM

Love the coziness of your allotment house. The mirror looks right at home there.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 04-27-2021 03:52 PM

I always like to use a mirror too, even though I know where my nose is. It is the only time I really look at myself and I have to say, I’m quite a handsome fellow. You made a great job of that mirror Mads and now you’ll be able to see if anyone is sneaking up behind you whilst you have a sharp blade to your throat. LOL.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 04-27-2021 10:12 PM

Shaving outside in the cool morning air, what could be more refreshing? Don’t forget the Aqua Velva! You know what happens when a man uses Aqua Velva!

-- Doug

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#6 posted 04-28-2021 05:56 PM


Dave, Thank you, yes it’s a small but quite important project. I have been trying for a while a few years back to use a straight razor… I stopped after I got tired of always having a band aid in my face… laughs. I use safety razor when I have time to enjoy, make foam from a shaving soap, with a brush. When busy, I use a spray bottle gel and a Gilette type. Only rarely a machine, I have never been happy with the machine shave.
Jim J, yes the flush cut should make it quite safe… Laughs. Cool you noticed the saw type. I were thinking I better make a solid frame, as it will stay outside all summer. Smiles.

It’s actually amazing how little one needs, the house is only 50m², where the 30m² are living area, 13m² conservatory and I never even use the living room / guest room, so tiny house have a point.
My workshop is bigger than the whole house. Laugh.

Lew, Thank you Lew, I really enjoy being in that house, it put me in a relaxed mood. The other allotment owners, call my house the most authentic of the houses, I call it a real grandmother house and try to keep that atmosphere, so it was the best compliment I could ask for.

Brit, Laugh, if you cant find your nose, just fart… Yes you should have mirrors all over, being such a handsome fellow! It’s actually funny, because I can shave and even brush my hair looking in the mirror, but I don’t see my self, so I have to put my mind in a special mood, to really see me. Often I think ‘your ok, but your getting older’ laugh. Laugh yes no one will surprise me now. Thanks.
Doug, To shave outside is really a joy, the most wonderful way to start a day. Ha ha ha, there are too many single woman in the allotment community, so I don’t have the curage for Aqua Velva. Thanks.

Best of my thoughts to you all,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 04-29-2021 02:52 AM

I tried a straight razor also. I do not have steady enough hands for it. Or enough coordination. Or enough nerve. I mostly use a Gillette type, but use a double edge safety razor when traveling. Both with soap and brush.

Your grill looks like a Weber Q grill, which is what I do my outdoor cooking on as well. Perhaps this year I’ll actually get it set up, but when we moved in here, the previous owners had left a grill behind, and it had a mouse nest in it, plus a bull snake who had apparently cleaned out the mice. We sold that at the neighborhood rummage sale and donated the proceeds to the fire department, and when I’ve talked of setting up my smaller grill, my sweetie reminds me of the big snake who greeted us. We’ll see how this summer goes…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 04-29-2021 06:13 PM

Nice little framed mirror, wood looks like Mahogany or Teak? I need a very large tough mirror as them small ones always crack when they see me:)
I bought a Solingen blade when I retired on an impulse, got tired of the stropping and got one with disposable blades was a wise decision, took many years, but 95% of the time no nicks anymore! Good thing I only shave 1 or 2 times a week!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 05-02-2021 06:17 PM

Hi again,

Dave, Smiles yes it can be a hazard. It’s a Q yes, really love that little bastard, I practically use it every day all summer, it’s so easy to use and easy to clean. I was a coal man swore I would never use gas… I was wrong, I get plenty of flavor and can add smoke if needed. So I can just say do it!

Andre, Thank you. Yes it’s a teak family I think, but honestly I’m not a lot into the names, I look at the grain, texture, hardness, colour and splitting, if it’s right it’s right, laughs. Laugh hardened mirror then, they can’t take all that beauty. There are something rewarding about shaving the old way and masculine, except from the blood. Smiles.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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