Mission Style Mirrors with Picture Frames

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Project by rodneyh posted 04-28-2011 02:56 AM 9097 views 15 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built two of these mission style mirrors. One is for my wife, and the other is for close friends that are moving across the country. All of the joints are mortise and tenon, with the sides to top being thru tenons. The wood is quartersawn white oak. Definitely my toughest project so far. For the finish, I used Jeff Jewitt’s recipes for Stickley Fayetteville (on the left, for my wife) and Stickley Centennial (on the right, for our friends). They’re pretty good sized, with the picture frames at the bottom for 4×6 photos. I designed this primarily for our friends, as she is amazing photographer. My wife’s became a nice Easter surprise.

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 03:08 AM

Great idea and execution. I will have to make some of those. Very good gift idea.

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 03:23 AM

Funny thing about design and execution. It started out as “just” taking a Stickley Harvey Ellis mirror and scaling it up and adding some picture frames. Looked great on paper, but after cutting everything and laying it out, I came to the realization that the pictures were going to be at knee level. Let’s just say that the sides got “adjusted” by about a foot.

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 04:27 AM

Very nice craftsmanship. I really like the Centennial finish. They will be passed down through the generations.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 12:52 PM

They are real nice you did a great job.They will make someone a gift . Thanks for sharing with us

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 02:49 PM

Very nice job. I am going to make a couple like that myself in the next couple of weeks! I like the picture frame idea. You could also put decorative tiles there as an alternative. Thanks for sharing!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#6 posted 04-28-2011 04:06 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Max – Centennial is my favorite finish as well, but my wife really likes the Fayetteville so…..

Bob – I was originally going to deliver them with stained glass in the panels with the intent that the owners would put in pictures if they chose, but I just ran out of time before Easter. Could get really creative with some tile patterns there as well.

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 11:33 AM

Very nice job. I like the centennial finish also. What is the recipe?

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 06:21 PM

kimball: I use Jeff Jewitt’s recipe for Stickley mission finishes. For the centennial, I use General Finishes antique walnut instead of his recommended java gel stain. I have a few actual Stickley pieces, and I’ve found Jeff’s gel stain selections (to darken the pores) are generally a bit darker than the Stickley pieces. I made this change for centennial, and also had to lighten the gel stain color for Fayetteville to dark vintage maple. His suggestions looked great, but these match a bit better.

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