Cherry with walnut and maple inlay floor mirror

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Project by Randy_ATX posted 04-05-2012 09:08 PM 2606 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This mirror was made for my girlfriend of 3 years for her 41st birthday. It was my first time working with cherry and man do I like it. Too bad it was a bit expensive, otherwise I would try and get some more to keep in the workshop. I had a lot of fun designing and modifying it as I went along. I used a straight cut router bit on my small router table for the front, to inset the outermost 3 walnut accents. For the side inlay, I used a slot cutter bit to create the slot (imagine that). I sliced up the walnut on the band saw and some maple drawer dividers I had been holding onto for over 15 years that came out of some university laboratory wooden cabinets I picked up at auction. There were a lot of extra maple dividers and they had a beautiful grain to them. I put biscuits at the 4 corners for strength. I had posted a question about a finish for cherry and RogerM was very gracious and helpful. In no small part to him I feel like the finish turned out wonderful. BLO, shellac, and hand rubbed paste wax. Overall dimensions are 65”x21”.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 11:12 PM

Yeah that really turned out nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 04-06-2012 12:23 AM

Very nice design and choice of wood. Now those pups will enjoy looking at each other!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#3 posted 04-06-2012 01:19 AM

Very nice getting ready to make two of this for wife and daughter . Think i’am going to try some inlays too just don’t know what kind of wood going to use yet thanks for the inspiration

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#4 posted 04-06-2012 04:27 PM

Thanks Don, Dee, and Rob. Good luck with your project Rob.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 04-06-2012 05:23 PM

Nice work Randy. I found and kept a super wife with similar efforts. Your Girlfriend should be most pleased. On the Cherry, There is a local (one man) mill outside of the city where I live that sells Carolina Cherry for $2.00 a board foot. Yes, it is green and a little different grain structure than the more common (and expensive) Pennsylvania Cherry. I buy this wood from him and put it up on stickers in my shop to dry. Takes about 8 to 12 months to dry. If you would like to pursue a trip out here to acquire some let me know. He is a very small operation and I don’t believe he would be interested in shipping.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 05:33 PM

Thanks Roger – hopefully the mirror will tempt her into being my wife someday. ;-) Here in Austin I paid $7 per linear foot of dimensional cherry. Next time I will look for rough-sawn to save some money, but since I was way behind on this project and I kept hearing “when am I going to get my mirror?” I figured I needed to get moving on the project. Thanks for your offer – I will certainly contact you ahead of time if I am planning on being in your area. That is a great price.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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