Mirrors & a GREAT finishing tip!

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Project by Mark Blomster posted 09-12-2010 02:13 AM 2520 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some 5” hand mirrors I recently finished for my wife’s family and friends in her native Colombia. Zebrawood, walnut, leopardwood, and curly maple. I am thinking of making a few out of cherry, too.

I use a tung oil/varnish blend to finish most of my projects, and usually end with a coat of wax. I save my old random orbit sanding discs and convert them into fantastic buffing pads. I use either heavy flannel or fleece, and attach them using spray adhesive and some 5” diameter MDF cauls. Waxed paper helps keeps the first few layers from sticking. When a pad gets worn, just add another layer! Give it a try sometime!

I bought the 5” beveled mirrors at, which is here in the Twin Cities, part #1523. Cheaper mirrors, without bevels, are available at almost any craft/hobby store.

Mark Blomster
Minneapolis, MN

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 02:39 AM

Nice project, thanks for posting.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 03:31 AM

Nice, but not for me. It would be nasty having the mirror looking better than what’s in it! ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 04:22 AM

Hey Lou,
Sweet looking mirrors…well done.

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 04:33 AM

I like the idea of re-using sanding disc, but I don’t really understand how you are using them. ??

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 04:35 AM

Sorry, I didn’t see the pics till after I posted. Good idea!

-- Dr. Nick

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#6 posted 09-12-2010 04:40 AM

Beautiful Mirrors! I’ve been doing something the same with my ROB for a while now. Except I have a Velcro Disc and Padding that is a Unit by itself.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 04:03 PM

Nice looking mirrors. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 09-12-2010 04:44 PM

Some attractive mirrors there… nice!

And thanks for the tip on the “DIY buffing pads” for the ROS. I’ll have to use that one.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 01:56 AM

Oil and varnish. What a great finish.

-- Dave Arizona

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 02:46 PM

Really well done. Would the buffing trick work with a 1/4 sheet sander also? Or does it take the circular motion to do the buffing?

Thank for sharing!


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#11 posted 09-13-2010 02:57 PM

Greg, I think a sheet sander would work, too. But, the circular motion is probably much faster. The old random orbit sander that I use doesn’t really random orbit anymore…it just spins at a very high speed! But, I think that makes it work even better.

I should’ve noted that I wipe away the oil with a cloth before I hit it with a buffing pad.

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