Craftsman Style Wall Mirror

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Project by Mike_D_S posted 07-13-2016 02:55 AM 1237 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Craftsman Style Wall Mirror
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This is a piece I did a while back, but never took decent pics. It’s a craftsman style wall mirror from a Woodsmith Shop plan (I think). This was maybe the third or fourth piece I ever made.

The mirror is solid cherry and it had a long history. I actually built this and ruined it during the finishing as I wanted to stain the cherry (blasphemy to some I know, but my wife loves the cherry grain with the darker color) and finish with shellac. Well I basically screwed the shellac up royally and trying to sand back the shellac to level, I got into the stain. So I tied to touch up the stain which made it worse. Repeat a few times until I got so disgusted that I actually just stuck it in a corner and left it for about a year.

With a little more experience under my belt, I pulled it out of the corner and tried again. I stripped off all the decorative bits until I was down to just the frame. Then I sanded all the parts to bare wood and cut some new trim. I finished it again, but this time I finished all the parts prior to assembly and used lacquer for the top coat. Everything turned out well, so I assembled and installed the mirror.

Overall it turned out well and I’m glad that I never succumbed to the urge to just pitch it as it sat in the corner for all that time.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 07-13-2016 03:48 AM

Very nice looking Mike.

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 01:28 PM

Nice job. I made one of those from the Woodsmith plans too but never posted it. Not because it was bad just never got around to it. Yours look good, but that blurring of the mirror content for the photo really threw me for a bit.

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 03:24 PM

LOL, I didn’t realize until after taking the pic that the breakfast table is visible in the mirror and it was a mess. My wife saw the pic and told me I couldn’t post it. I didn’t want to pull out the lights to take a new pic, so I just blurred the mirror a bit. Now that I look at it again, it is disconcerting. I’ll clean it up better.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#4 posted 07-13-2016 04:12 PM

Nice looking mirror, I love the craftsman style.

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#5 posted 07-13-2016 11:58 PM

Very nice looking Craftsman mirror! I’m happy to hear that you were able to get the finishing mishaps fixed, and are able to enjoy seeing it every day—so glad you didn’t pitch it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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