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Project by splintergroup posted 11-06-2019 02:33 PM 1664 views 5 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wondering about the title? (answer is at the end)

First mirror is Jatoba with Watco, second is QSWO (ammonia fumed) with Watco. Corner plugs are ebony.

Some full height shots:

I was sorting through my shelf of router templates and found some pseudo-cloud lift designs from some clocks I made a while back. I got to thinking about more mirrors and decided to add some curved sides to mimic Asian lettering (and some of the other Asian styled mirrors I’ve seen here on LJs)

I really like working from templates for projects like this since everything comes out fast and easy.
The corners are lapped with the top and bottom parts 1/2” thick and the sides 5/8” thick. The mirror is from a big box store 6-pack of 12” tiles.

I cut all the parts to final length, but left the sides square. This makes it easy to cut the lap dados in the sides to exactly fit the templates. I then taped the templates to all the parts, band sawed away the excess, then used a top & bottom bearing 3/4” diameter bit in the router table. It is easy to run the template on either bearing depending on which one gives me a “downhill” cut on the wood grain. This eliminates chipping, burning, and most sanding.

The 3/32” thick mirror is installed into a 1/4” x 12” x 12” rabbet and a 1/8” masonite back (12-3/4” square) is secured into a 1/8” deep rabbet.

I put a radius on the corners and used short brass screws to keep the insides from falling out

After completing these, I thought they looked a lot like a Star Wars storm trooper helmet:

A fun project!

It kept my only SplinterGroup Workshop fan glued to squirrel television for the full weekend!
I guess I’m a squirrels version of Norm Abrams…

This guy is always there watching through the window, really kind of creeps me out!





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#1 posted 11-06-2019 03:06 PM

nice mirrors splint love the g&g,gotta get me another project i miss doing that style,problem is the house is full.the squirrel might be creepy but the day he’s not their is when your gonna be looking around wondering,is he in the shop with me-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-06-2019 03:12 PM

Thanks for the paranoia Pottz!

Actually I’m just thinking about the percentage of LJers that would say “How cute!” and the percentage that would say “Them thar are good eaten’ ” and recommend a barbecue sauce 8^)

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#3 posted 11-06-2019 03:25 PM

id try braising served with a nice gravey-lol. naw youd miss the the little guy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 11-06-2019 03:27 PM

Nice looking frames, Splint. I like the looks of G&G cloud lifts but don’t like all the hand sanding they require, at least when I make them. You must be about all stocked up for your craft sales.

-- Art

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#5 posted 11-06-2019 03:31 PM

Thanks Art!
Sanding is probably my least favorite task and inside radii are among the worst.

Cutting the right direction has really been paying off and I find that placing a proper diameter drill bit shank into the curve and pulling a strip of sandpaper on through makes removing the scratches and burns somewhat tolerable.

Stock is building up! Two weekends left.

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#6 posted 11-06-2019 04:08 PM

Beautiful work Splintergroup.
These are great pieces in a great style.
The amonia fumed oak is striking. Does the Watco have a tint or color to it or is the tone just from the fuming?
These will sell very quickly.
Jon

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#7 posted 11-06-2019 04:12 PM

Great work, Splinty. It is good when your insides dont fall out. Youve got some type of plastic over the mirror for the photos, yes? Or is that some kind of editing photoshop trick?

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#8 posted 11-06-2019 04:45 PM

Very nice, looks like something you would see in teh Disney Grand California Hotel. When I saw the title I was kind of expecting something expired by those Christian Waggoner paintings.

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#9 posted 11-06-2019 04:46 PM



Beautiful work Splintergroup.
These are great pieces in a great style.
The amonia fumed oak is striking. Does the Watco have a tint or color to it or is the tone just from the fuming?
These will sell very quickly.
Jon

- MrWolfe

Thanks Jon!

The fuming turns the tannins in the WO to a greenish/brown depending on the actual board used. That is why I try to complete a project with wood all from the same board if I intend to fume. Someday I really want to try the other recipes for enhancing the flecks in QSWO, but I always find myself getting behind and need the “quick fix”.
The best thing I like about fuming is the depth. I can still sand afterwards without burning through the color.

The oil is what really brings out the brown and eliminates any hint of green. I does darken everything a small amount, lacquer would tend not too.

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#10 posted 11-06-2019 04:48 PM


Great work, Splinty. It is good when your insides dont fall out. Youve got some type of plastic over the mirror for the photos, yes? Or is that some kind of editing photoshop trick?

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Yes, I hate it when entropy takes over 8^)

The mirror has a Gaussian blur, quick and easy editing technique to avoid my mug appearing in the reflection!

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#11 posted 11-06-2019 05:15 PM

More great looking G&G mirrors. I especially like the tapered curves on the outside of the rails. I’m going to give the ammonia fuming a try on an oak handle I made for the mallet swap. Gunstock stain also gives a very nice traditional craftsman look to QSWO.

I think you should have gotten your squirrel friend to pose in front of the mirror.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#12 posted 11-06-2019 05:43 PM

Real nice mirrors, Bruce!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 11-06-2019 06:12 PM


I think you should have gotten your squirrel friend to pose in front of the mirror.

- EarlS

Thanks Earl, although something about that “squirrel” keeps its reflection from showing in a mirror…...

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#14 posted 11-06-2019 06:13 PM

Thanks Jim, SMP!

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#15 posted 11-06-2019 06:52 PM

Splint, love the storm trooper mirrors, got a huge kick out of your shop squirrel.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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