Alphabet Mirror / Tamil

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Project by Ganesh Kumar posted 04-30-2014 04:40 AM 1117 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 2 years ago, I picked up this mirror from someone on Craigslist, along with another mirror which I really needed. This was kind of battered, had a wood rope molding on the outer edge that was broken, had some punch marks, etc…

I pulled the molding off, planed and sanded down to bare wood and routed a new outer edge to remove the brad nail holes from the molding.

Thought it might be fun to have Tamil letters on the frame, as we are trying to introduce it to our son. The letters used are vowels only (both short and long), and since there are only twelve of them, it was easy to lay them in a circle.

Chose 2 kinds of wood(Purpleheart and Brazilian cherry / Jatoba) for the letters and alternated them. Finished with 5 coats of water based poly. I finished after gluing the letters, which was a pain to apply uniformly, and then to clean the excess. Spraying would have been a lot easier.

The frame originally had some dowel like thing punched into it in three places. I don’t know what they were as they weren’t at any obvious place. You can see them clearly in the third and fourth pictures. Even on the finished frame, you can see one of these as a dark circle at 10:40 position of the hour hand. If anyone knows what these could have been, I would like to know :)


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#1 posted 04-30-2014 08:52 AM

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 03:06 PM

Thanks Ken! :)

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 07:10 AM

The alphabets make it look so nice, too. ஐடியா அருமை! (very nice idea!)

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 06:43 AM

Thanks recjohnson! :)

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