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Hand Held Mirrors Using My 3D Pantograph

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Project by luv2learn posted 12-23-2014 11:17 PM 1573 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For years my wife has used a little mirror from her compact to see the back of her head while doing her hair. While pondering what to make for her this Christmas I decided she needed a mirror upgrade. I made two, one for her, and one for the wife of my glass guy who made me a dozen mirrors in trade. I made my wife’s mirror in walnut and the other in hickory. I sprayed paint on wood portion of the mirrors and then wiped it off. After the paint dried I sanded the wood and then shot them with three coats of high gloss lacquer. The mirror glass is a 5” tall by 4” wide oval.

I used my 3D pantograph at 1/2 scale for the carving of the back and recessing of the wood for the oval mirror in the front.

As always, thanks for looking!! From our house to yours, Merry Christmas!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 11:21 PM

WOW, Lee, those are really nice and personal.

Where did you get the original pattern for the initial and the outline pattern?

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 11:23 PM

Another great Christmas present! Very nicely done and I know your wife will be thrilled. Merry Christmas!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 11:42 PM

I always wondered how well it worked after you first posted it. Guess I know now…danged well!!! Very nice project.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 12:02 AM

very cool indeed !

-- Eric, central Florida

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 12:32 AM

Love your work Lee! I know she will be happy with this gift.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 12-24-2014 12:34 AM

Very nice Lee. I am sure both wives will love them. Pantograph works nice too.

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#7 posted 12-24-2014 12:40 AM

Great looking hand mirrors…i’m sure they will be used for years to come

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 12-24-2014 12:55 AM

Beautifully made gift Lee. That should be a great hit for Christmas. Well done. Someone made some extra points this year.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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luv2learn

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#9 posted 12-24-2014 01:16 AM



WOW, Lee, those are really nice and personal.

Where did you get the original pattern for the initial and the outline pattern?

Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Jim, I did a Google search for border patterns and found this one but I only used part of it for the mirror. I saved the pattern image and imported into my Corel Draw program then I had to trace the individual details so I could manipulate them as vector images. The initials are a TT font called Aldine 401 BT at a font size of 450.00.

Thanks John, she got it today and is really pleased with it.

Buster, now that I have it set up for doing mirrors, I,m going to make a bunch of them. The prep work in making the master templates, etc. is a bear and very time consuming. Once the mirror blanks are made and the pantograph setup, the actual carving goes rather fast.

Thanks Eric.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 12-24-2014 05:20 AM

Lee,

Very nice, indeed! Love your pantograph set-up.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 12-24-2014 05:52 AM

lightweightladylefty, thanks for the kind words. The pantograph really shines if you are going to do several pieces.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Roger

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#12 posted 12-24-2014 02:37 PM

Those are very awesome Lee. A gift they will appreciate and use everyday.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#13 posted 12-24-2014 02:53 PM

EXCELLENT !!! Have you thought about 3D printing for your patterns? I’m trying to wrap my head around how that might work.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 12-24-2014 04:20 PM

Thanks Roger!!

John, 3D printing is an awesome idea but like you, I would have to think that through a bit.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 12-24-2014 06:16 PM

Lee I’m late to your Christmas Party,

Mathias would be proud! I’m wondering if the pantograph can be modified for a one to one copy?

I’m sure she will be pleased.

Merry Christmas and a better New Year!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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