Display Mirror - Rescued Wood

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Blog series by PG_Zac updated 04-09-2009 07:35 AM 3 parts 5206 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: The Set-up

04-07-2009 01:39 PM by PG_Zac | 2 comments »

This project is already completed, but there is a long story to go with it. I decided to split it into blog episodes for easier handling as I know many of you can’t afford to sit with ONE posting for more than 10 minutes. A couple of years ago I moved to a new village and found (to my delight) that I have access to a lot of wood of various species in log form. Within a radius of 30 kilometers there are plenty of old dead-stands, dead-falls, and the local tree feller is happy to let ...

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Part 2: Design Ideas and the Start of the Manufacture

04-08-2009 10:45 AM by PG_Zac | 1 comment »

Here we get into the project proper. I made a display mirror for my nephew’s wedding present. The shape of the frame was decided by the wood, and the shelves were inspired by a mirror made by a woodworker whose name I can’t remember. All the visible wood is rescued waste, but the mirror is backed by purchased cheap plywood with an apparently spalted cherry veneer. I did not want the mirror’s frame to completely surround the mirror, but the only design idea I had when I started was tha...

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Part 3: Final Installement - The "Challenges", Accident and finished Project

04-09-2009 07:35 AM by PG_Zac | 3 comments »

Now for the interesting part of the story I had to work through several problems, mostly caused by my inexperience, ignorance or optimism. The first was that I ordered the wrong size mirror. It looked fine in the drawings, but when I trimmed the arms to fit each other, I had to cut more off the mitred ends than planned for aesthetic reasons. The mirror supplier had already cut the mirror but not yet delivered, so I called then with the new dimensions. I had to pay extra for the new cuts an...

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