Tall Oak Mirror ... getting warmer :-)

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 12-02-2009 04:19 AM 1383 reads 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m so close!

The clamps are holding the oak backer board on … which is holding the mirror in place. The top oak trim cap is just sitting there. The bottom trim cap was a no-show on photo day. It looks suspiciously like the top piece.

BUT … I’m almost done! The trim blocks (the four corner pieces that surround the frame) are glued on. I’m going to run the top and bottom edges through my jointer, along with the top and bottom cap pieces … just to get a perfect joint.

Then it’s off to our In-House Finishing Department (my wife) for whatever look she wants to give it.

Let me answer the Frequently Asked Questions right away:

Q: Showing off the band saw again, huh, Neil?
A: Yes. Thanks for noticing :-)

Q: Are you … are you … topless and wearing pajama bottoms?
A: Yes. Enough said about that. I didn’t intend to star in this particular production.

Q: How are you able to move shop tools with those spindly arms?
A: I drop a lot of stuff.

Thanks for tuning in….

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 04:44 AM

the mirror is just beautiful !

ya done good .

and the questions are well answered ,
i can rest now .

thank you .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 06:24 AM

wow…i think something is being reveiled here…..topless…....jammies… do you work like this in the shop…..maybe you should film one of these episodes… might be …who is that masked man…...har…...let me look real close now…see if i can see any scratch marks……....sheesh neil…put some cloths on next time…...the project is looking great..cant wait to see what your finishing dept does…goodnight buddy…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 08:13 AM

Frame looks great Neil…..........might get a better photographer though…................(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 09:07 AM

Nice frame and mirror…....but mirror is flawed….has a picture of a bandsaw embedded in it!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 11:48 AM

Wonderful piece of work Neil. I am also now aware of the dangers inherent in mirror photography. Thanks for the tutorial.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 01:58 PM

This is a nice job, Neil. The mirror has a nice design to it and it is also nice to see that you and your wife work together as a team on this. All I get is “haven’t you got it finished yet?” or “here is another project that I want you to build”. :)

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

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 05:52 PM

Thanks, All!

Bently: LOL! But if you knew how much it costs to buy a custom-sized mirror with a bevel on it … you might think differently :-)

Grizz: sorry about the excessive exposure. Caught in my wife-made cow pajamas, too. How humiliating :-)

Yeah … my photography skills are a lot like my woodworking skills: I CAN take a picture, but … that’s about it.

I don’t know why I didn’t figure out that “angles” thing before snapping the shutter. Maybe I should have paid attention in high school Geometry (?). Could have moved the mirror, too, I suppose, but … dang … that thing is heavy (and I have these noodle-arms….)!

I’m pretty glad that my wife likes the finishing process. If it were left to me, everything would be raw wood :-)

These things tend to die in her court almost as badly as they die in mine. Pics of the finished product, then, should be on LJ some time in early 2010!

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 06:06 PM

Wow nice mirror Neil
I think your just trying to get all the lumber jocketts going or maybe a new career at Chippendale’s.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-03-2009 07:22 AM


Neil brings out the worst in you….......I think that is the most off color remark I have ever heard you say.

Bravo Neil, you are even leading a1Jim to new horizons…...............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 12-03-2009 07:26 AM

Just kidding Jim not ment to be off color sorry if it offened you or anyone else.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 12-03-2009 07:45 AM

Nice picture of your saw. The mirror is working great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 12-03-2009 06:35 PM

It was so reserved that I had to pry the meaning out of your statement, perhaps had to fabricate a little besides (-: Seriously, you are always the perfect gentleman, and always in good taste. Just me teasing.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 12-03-2009 07:11 PM

Perfects a big word Jim

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 12-03-2009 07:31 PM

All I’ve seen so far is good-natured, and good-humored responses on this thread … and … ya’ make-a-me smile :-)

Online and e-mails are tough. No facial expressions. No body language. I’m glad everybody’s sensitive to the responses of others, and has made it so clear that they didn’t mean to offend. Just ANOTHER great thing about this community.

a1Jim: I notice a distinct LACK of response from the female LJs. Maybe I should get to the gym :-)

Last night, I noticed that I will have to knock down the top and bottom of the mirror … just a touch. My doweling jig had a set screw (that I never saw) that is supposed to keep the holes perfectly parallel. Because it was a touch loose, my doweling holes are NOT in line. This means that there’s a slight angle between the stiles and the rails.

AND … there’s maybe a 64th on one or two of my trim blocks that would also keep the top and bottom caps from being perfectly flush.

My question: I just ordered a refurb’d Ridgid belt sander. Should I:

1) wait for IT to arrive, and use IT to take it all down square, OR

2) Put sacrificial wood on the sides and then run it through my jointer, OR

3) Put sacrificial wood on the sides and run it through a straight bit on my router table??

Grateful for any thoughts. I want the last two pieces to fit perfectly, if possible!

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 12-16-2009 09:58 PM

I just went downstairs to check on the electricians’ work.

It seems they knocked their ladder over, and it hit my mirror frame, gouging (in multiple locations) the inside of one of the stiles.

They didn’t seem to plan to tell me this.

What do people recommend? The frame is all glued up, and was awaiting my wife’s finishing services.

I’m pretty bummed out by this….. :-(

-- -- Neil

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