Tall Oak Mirror -- Done ... but not finished

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 02-04-2010 09:30 PM 1870 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All I had left to do was to tack the upper and lower trim pieces onto the frame … but … I procrastinated ;-)

The chuck on my drill won’t bite on a small enough diameter drill bit to predrill for a 4d nail, so I tried gingerly tapping one in. No dice. The oak wouldn’t budge. The nails did.

Not having a compressor and/or nailers … and really trying NOT to spend the $$$ ... I simply predrilled for wood screws and went for it. Nobody’s going to see ‘em, sez me.

Our Finishing Department/LOML is a bit behind, lately—having discovered that her own hobbies, apparently, are more fun than supporting mine.


But … here’s the Tall Oak Mirror …

More pics when it’s finished, and the glass and backer board are in place!

But … alas … there’s NO way I’m going to be able to avoid buying a compressor and a few air tools.

Why couldn’t I have been born rich, instead of impossibly handsome ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 09:39 PM

Looks good Neil, I can’t wait to see it stained.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 09:41 PM

Looks absolutely wonderful Neil. I know you guys over there only have round nails, but you can cut three nail pieces (small diameter) in 1/2 to 3/4” lengths and use them as a collet in your drill chuck. Just insert them and the the drill bit in the middle. Tighten and bingo! your in business. Hope this helps.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 09:57 PM

Nice job Neil. You will wonder why you went without the nailer. Go for it!
Neat tip Stefang. That’s a keeper.

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 10:02 PM

Wow. Mike. Yet ANOTHER fantastic idea!!

Should have reached out/did some Googling first (as always)!

Berg: I know you’re right. I don’t know why I didn’t wait.

The really ridiculous thing? I’m on the Internet, shopping compressors and nailers, right now. Should have been patient ;-)

I feel like Ricky Ricardo, right now. “Lucy? You got some staining to do” LOL!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 10:24 PM

Great job Neil,
One tid bit, I have run into the same issue with having a bit to small for the chuck, but wrap a little masking tape ( blue, always blue) around the shank of said bit will give the chuck something to grap, it works well. Never underestimate the power of tape. I use tape for lots of things, preventing tearout when cutting plywood, holdin a lit on a box while turning it on the lathe, procting one surface while sanding an adjacent surface, lots of stuff I tell ya. Looking forward to seeing the bedside tables, when they are done. How is the mohagany experiece anyway? I just bought some of that stuff for a project coming up this spring.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 10:35 PM

Very good Neil go for the tools

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 10:42 PM

Nice job Neil..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 02-04-2010 10:45 PM

pin vise


-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 10:47 PM

Did you say you were not born rich and it’s impossible to be handsom? Wow dude… lol Oh well, I see you have found some riches to get the compressor. You’ll enjoy the experience.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 10:55 PM

Neil, I have a 18ga Brad Nailer, I have found out they don’t always work in woods like oak & walnut

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 10:57 PM

yea…go for the tools…buy em all….......then you will wonder how to work them all…....just pull the trigger and let em fly….......

our motto…......we try so hard to work the wood, and try as i may i found out im good…so i pat myself on the shoulder at night…cus if i asked my wife…it would cause a fight….so i go out and buy what i need..cus getting my tools…its like being on speed….there always there a new one to be found…my wallet is thin and im soon to be grounded….but i can always get a new card.

..and start all over again…..and listen to my wife squawk like a hen… use to it now after all these years…....i laugh so hard it brings me to tears…so i just go on my merry way…and think to myself…what will i buy today…...grizzman

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

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 10:59 PM

neil , this looks really good ,
if i remember ,
some body banger it up ?
your work is fun to experience ,
as you bring it forward .
thanks for keeping us in the loop !

-- 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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#13 posted 02-05-2010 12:39 AM

Nice job on the mirror.

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#14 posted 02-05-2010 12:45 AM

This came out nicely, Neil. It is going to look great once it is finished.

As you gather from the comments about just about everyone is saying go for the nailer. I would be the last person to advise you not to get one. I have gotten to the point where I will not drive a screw or nail by hand anymore. Even if I have only 1 nail to drive I will fire up my comressor and get one of my nail guns (I have a finish and brad nailer, narrow crown stapler and a pin nailer).

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

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#15 posted 02-05-2010 01:45 AM

andrew: Tape? Tape?? What another great idea. Thank you! I’ve found mahogany a pure joy to work with, though I DO get wadded up sinuses if I’m not meticulous about wearing my breather mask. How’s your dresser coming??

JJohnston: Thank YOU, too. I was saying, aloud, to myself that there must be a little hand jig with a Dremel-esque collet (D’OH! I probably could have used my Dremel, too!) that would turn such a thing. ‘Nother good option!

Grizz: I MAY just have to print that out, and put it on my shop wall :-)

David: Yup. Good memory. Electrician got it. He had to replace both stiles for me, but … did. Turns out, the mirror was also broken in the incident. Didn’t know ‘til today :-( It’s salvageable, though. An outside piece broke off, but it will be covered behind the rabbet.

Thanks, all, for both the kind words and the direction on the compressor/nailer.

I had a Sears gift card, so—for about $100 out of pocket—I’m getting their brad nailer and an air compressor.

I’ve seen some online threads that agree with DaddyZ’s comment, but … I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it ;-)

-- -- Neil

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