Chippendale Mirror

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Project by kenn posted 08-09-2013 09:28 PM 3054 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a half set of hollows and rounds molding planes from Matt Bickford. While I was waiting on them to be made and be delivered, he taught a class on their use that I attended. Since I knew I wanted to use them on tiger maple, I took a piece along to try. This is the mirror that I made from that board. The profiles were all made by hand with his molding planes. I dyed it dark brown and removed a shaving, then dyed it amber. After assembly, I dyed it with Early American gel stain and applied multiple coats of garnet shellac.

The profiles were cut on the scroll saw so I did kill a few electrons in making the mirror. I had a hard time finding profiles I liked, but in a Fine Woodworking article by Steve Latta, I saw a picture of one that I liked. After enlarging it and some fiddling with the details, I had it. The molding is applied to a half lap sub frame made from cherry.

The pictures are of the mirror and close ups of the corners and one of the molding before cutting the miters. Thanks for checking it out.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 11:37 PM

Gorgeous, Kenn!

The processes of dying the wood has really brought out the tiger stripes!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 11:39 PM

Kenn: Tood bad you didn’t make it with your planes. But who’s going to be pickey about that.

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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#3 posted 08-10-2013 01:51 AM

This is beautiful Kenn.


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#4 posted 08-10-2013 02:08 AM


Beautiful wood and wonderful workmanship. An all-around fantastic mirror.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 02:30 AM

beautiful. The tiger maple and colouring are super as is your workmanship.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 08-10-2013 04:16 AM

Beautiful looking project – congrats on an excellent job.

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#7 posted 08-10-2013 01:09 PM

Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship—outstanding dye job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 08-11-2013 03:51 AM

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 08-13-2013 04:45 PM

Attractive looking mirror, the tiger maple is stunning with your great finish. Very nice scroll work as well. Great job!

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