Monterey Cypress Tree Mirror

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Project by Blake posted 12-03-2009 08:45 AM 5825 views 14 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Padauk with Ebony plugs and mirror glass. Finished with Boiled Linseed Oil. The back panel is removable for cleaning the glass.

The shape was inspired by our local Monterey Cypress Trees, and I though a mirror would be the perfect way to simulate the flickering California sunlight that shines through them.


This project has been a long time in the making. I cut this tree shape out of a piece of Padauk (aka Vermillion) over TWO years ago to practice using my new scroll saw. I don’t know why I decided to use a 3/4” slab of hardwood for scroll saw practice but it was slow-going, and turned out to be an awkward size to use for a project. It sat on the shelf for a while because I didn’t know what to do with it.

Here is the project I posted originally:

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I wanted to re-saw the 3/4” but it was too tall (in either orientation) to fit in my bandsaw, and was also way too fragile. But finally I got brave enough to try something. I figured if I didn’t at least try, it would sit on the shelf forever.

I sandwiched the tree between two pieces of plywood and tons of double-stick tape. Then I fed the tree through my bandsaw freehand (no re-saw fence) and rotated it as I went so it would fit.

To my surprise it came out the other end of the blade with all of its branches intact. I carefully separated the tape and peeled the tree off the plywood. Then I ran the halves through my thickness sander, and built the frame. Since the trees are book-matched I book-matched the frame too so everything is symmetrical.

By the way I actually finished this a few months ago but just got around to hanging it and photographing it!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 11:24 AM

3/4” on a scroll saw? I have troubles using 1/2” !! Well done.
And I bow to your bravery—running it through the bandsaw after you had it completed.. gulp…
So glad it worked because the end result is perfect!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 11:58 AM

Awesome job on the scrolling (and resawing). I really like the grain in the trees and the plugs are a perfect accent.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 12:12 PM

Really impressive re-sawing – but the project is more than impressive (perfection) – I really like it very much.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 12:13 PM

Very beautiful and artistic Blake. I know exactly what you are talking about with the risk involved with the bandsaw slicing. I loved everything about this project. The frame shape is outstanding as is the scroll work and the whole thing works really well together. Maybe if I could do stuff like that my wife would let me go into the shop more. LOL.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 01:42 PM

Kind of reminds me of Dans Tablets only different, lol, very cool, I like it very much Blake.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 12-03-2009 04:14 PM

That is awesome! I really like this design, nice work.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#7 posted 12-03-2009 04:26 PM


-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#8 posted 12-03-2009 05:36 PM

Wow Blake
This is an amazing mirror with great wood and outstanding details plus such great carving. A work to be proud of for sure great job.

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#9 posted 12-03-2009 06:17 PM

Very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#10 posted 12-03-2009 06:22 PM

Realy nice. Love the choice of woods.

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#11 posted 12-03-2009 06:38 PM

sometimes the perfect project just has to wait for everything to come together … this came perfect

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#12 posted 12-03-2009 06:42 PM

I like it.

-- 温故知新

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#13 posted 12-03-2009 09:23 PM

really came out great – beautiful

-- -erik & christy-

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#14 posted 12-03-2009 09:47 PM

Beautiful work Blake !! I love the design !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#15 posted 12-03-2009 10:16 PM

Great frame!
Frames are becoming a interesting part of this forum.
Perhaps we should start our own web community site.

Welcome to FrameJocks!

-- 温故知新

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