Full Length Mirror

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Project by Steamdonkey posted 12-27-2007 12:06 AM 3183 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This summer I completed this full length walnut tilting mirror for my wife Tamara. This was supposed to be a birthday gift, but you know how that goes (her birthday is in March). For the frame and base I used some figured walnut and use some scraps of wenge with threaded brass for the “hardware”. I did my best to avoid sandpaper on this project and completed most of the smoothing with my new (at the time) bevel up smoother and card scrapers. There are a lot of curves on this piece and I made MDF templates and pattern routed the pieces to shape. I then rounded the pieces with the router, rasps, spokeshave and block plane. The mirror was a great find the Habitat Restore and I cut it myself to match the cloud lifts. If I could add a nice wide beveled glass mirror it would have been awesome, but that would have ran me $500, this piece of glass only cost me $20 and I did the cutting myself. Despite the fact that I was about 4 months late getting this completed I still rushed myself and left out some details I had intended to add including some ebony pegs. I finished the piece with 6 coats of General Finishes seal a cell and arm r seal. Can’t miss with the stuff.

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#1 posted 12-27-2007 12:07 AM

Nice job! I love that BUS plane. I bet you are pleased with the finish that the BUS and scrapers gave!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 12-27-2007 12:16 AM

Very nice. I have a similar project that is still on the drawing board. This is a great reminder for me to dust of the design and make sure I procure the lumber.

I’m sure your wife is quite proud of it.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 12-27-2007 12:17 AM

That’s a nice mirror. Good job on the project.

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#4 posted 12-27-2007 12:26 AM

ok, so in 83 minutes I have registered, started my shop page, profile page and added one project to my account and I already have 3 people commenting on it. Well, thanks everyone for your comments. I’m new to the site and quite impressed already!

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#5 posted 12-27-2007 03:11 AM

Jeff, I just checked out your plans from your site. Personally I like the drawers at the bottom of your design as they add some visual and actual weight to the piece. I think the design does lend itself to either modern or A&C, I think the textures and colors you have sketchd up with remind me of a modern mix of woods. One thing that I did when planning mine was to draw full size plans that I used to make my templates. While I do some designing on the computer and a lot of pencil to paper sketches, I always see more when I draw full size plans. It helps me work through the details. Also when it comes time to make a cut list there is no math needed.

My wife does like this project, but that has not stopped her from asking about her china hutch.

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#6 posted 12-27-2007 12:02 PM

Great design and mirror. I like the finish and agree with you about the General Finishes – they are outstanding.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 12-27-2007 02:26 PM

it’s beautiful!!!beautiful beautiful

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

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#8 posted 12-27-2007 09:25 PM

Very nice. I just cant let my wife see this.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 12-28-2007 06:13 AM

I hear you on the designing. I drew that on paper first and then decided to use it as a learning experience for sketchup. Since I’m unsure of the case I may make a 1/2 scale model to work through those details. Thanks for your input on the design!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 01-20-2008 04:37 PM

Great mirror stand. A beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-21-2008 05:25 PM

Love the mirror. You do very nice work.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#12 posted 05-18-2008 11:02 PM

very nice mirror, i would like to build one for our new house.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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