Greene & Greene style mirror (cherry & walnut)

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Project by MoshupTrail posted 02-06-2012 02:26 AM 2592 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I modeled this after a recent article in Fine Woodworking. Since it was my first work with cherry, and my first Greene & Greene style, I simplified it a bit. (Sorry about the cardboard but taking pictures of a mirror is tricky otherwise!) The joinery is mortise and tenon.

I learned that cherry is prone to tear-out when planing. I was able to solve that by planing only 1/64th or less at a time. But I found that it’s fairly easy to carve and shape, sands nicely, and all-in-all is a nice wood to work with. It was finished with a coat of shellac followed by 5 coats of wipe-on poly and a coat of paste wax.

The cherry came from a large tree that was cut from my father’s yard on Chebeague Island in Maine. It’s been drying in the garage for about a year now.

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 02:29 AM

Looks good. Gotta love just about anything G&G.

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 02:49 AM

Looks good, I just read that article, it’s on my project list, but the list is pretty long. I hope I get to it this year. Nice work.

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 03:37 AM

Nice looking frame, it’s nice to see G&G done in a light colored wood.

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