Pine Hall Mirror Video (Part 1), A Design & Market Challenge.

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Blog entry by Gord Graff posted 02-23-2008 12:26 PM 5318 reads 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

A number of years ago when pine furniture was the “in thing”, I was asked to design and build a hall mirror that was not only practical but also visually appealing. After a number of designs I came up with the one you see below. I made dozens and dozens of these mirrors that were sold through a couple of stores in downtown Toronto.

The challenge for me at the time was keeping my costs down while producing a marketable product. I designed this mirror to be made from those inexpensive ($2 each) 12”X12” mirrors that can be found at any big bulk store and a single 1”X10” X6’ pine board. With these two rather inexpensive elements and a few shaker pegs, I was able to keep my costs down while maximizing profits.

At the time I was making these mirrors my mother in law couldn’t stand the look of them but something changed in way of thinking and now she just has to have one, go figure. So why don’t you come along with me and watch how a couple of cheap mirrors and a single pine board can be transformed into something that appealed to many people, now including my mother in law.

This is a 2 part video (part 2 next week), part one deals with design and the construction of the mirror frame itself, part 2 covers the rest of the construction and my favourite finish for smaller pine pieces like this one. I’m going through “growing pains” in this video dealing with video mikes but I promise to have those bugs ironed out before long, your patience is appreciated while I get a handle on this.

You can view part one here, on Blip TV. or watch it below, hope you like it.

All the best


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#1 posted 02-23-2008 01:38 PM

Thanks for the video, Gord. This was both interesting and informative. I tend to be a better visual learner as opposed absorbing textual information.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-23-2008 01:45 PM

bottom 5 3/4” x 31 1/4”
top 3” x 31 1/4”
stiles 3” wide x 11 1/8” long
(did I get those right)?

great video!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-23-2008 01:47 PM

You missed putting in the mirrors ?....<g>

When are you coming to visit?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 02-23-2008 02:09 PM

Hi All,

Glad you like it, I had fun making it.

Scott: like you, I’m a visual learner

Ms Debbie: you are correct and if you build one, you have to post a picture, promise? If you have any questions, email me, I’ll be happy to help.

Roman: I’ll put in the mirrors next week. LOL. Love to come for a visit, I’ll email you. I have an idea for you also.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#5 posted 02-23-2008 07:32 PM

Thanks Gord. I think you gave me a good idea for a product. It’s always fun to watch someone else work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-23-2008 07:35 PM

Great project and video!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 02-24-2008 02:53 AM

Gord, another very informative video. I never get tired of your posts.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#8 posted 02-24-2008 02:58 AM

a very good and efficient design. I like how you made the end product work with stock materials to minimize, if not totally eliminate waste, while still looking good and not at all off-the-shelf.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 02-24-2008 08:04 AM

Good video Gord – I’ll have to add this one to my list of things that I hope to do. Looking forward to the next installment.

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

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#10 posted 02-24-2008 03:36 PM

Hello All,

Once again, thanks for your kind words and comments.

I’m so happy that some woodworkers have been able to use or apply something that they’ve seen in these videos in thier own workshops.

All the best

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#11 posted 02-24-2008 07:26 PM

that looks cool
i didn’t know that you could get mirrors like that at big box stores
i think this will help me to tackle some projects that include mirrors instead of being afraid of them

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#12 posted 02-26-2008 02:58 AM

You are a natural teacher Gord.

I don’t want to take away from all yoiur hard work but these videos are professional quality videos produced at at the woodworkers level.

Good on you- Bravo!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 02-27-2008 12:53 AM

Many, many, thanks Bob

Gord Graff

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#14 posted 02-27-2008 09:51 PM

I am not a big fan of bisket joinery, dowels or pocket holes but thats just me. I was woundering why you did not go with lap joints? It would seem to be faster by a production stand point? Great job on the video Gord and as allways very good detail. Can’t wait to see part 2

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#15 posted 03-05-2008 12:27 AM

Enjoyed the video Gord. Like you I find the biscuit jointer a very useful tool, it gives you a little bit to play with on the joints which can be very helpful.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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