Formal Hall Mirror

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 11-15-2008 05:31 PM 2023 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this mirror for my in-laws for Christmas this year. Their house is much more formal than mine with dark furniture so I went with African Sapele and a more formal appearance. It’s finished with Danish oil and Minwax spray polyurethane (makes getting into those dentil moldings much easier). I then rubbed-out the finish with 0000 steel wool using Jonhson’s paste wax as a medium. I’ll probably hang it on their house this weekend while they’re away as a surprise. I temporarily put it in place of my mirror to take a picture to show what it looks like on a wall.

As always, you can get my Sketchup files and material list here:!Ak3MNCPBmYglgShahj11cwfgeIMK

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#1 posted 11-15-2008 05:38 PM

Nice mirror Greg I’m sure your inlaws will love it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#2 posted 11-15-2008 05:39 PM

I like it. Well Done.

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#3 posted 11-15-2008 05:58 PM

very nice!

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#4 posted 11-15-2008 06:28 PM

Nice!!! Thanks for the Sketchup designs. Everytime I see someone else use Sketchup, I realize just how versitale this program is. You gave me good ideas. How did you like working with the sapele? I imagine this mirror is a little lighter in weight than your first one. Good job!

-- Rick

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#5 posted 11-15-2008 06:44 PM

You built very beautiful mirror frame. I like the finish.

Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-15-2008 07:36 PM

Super job. Something for the family to be proud of.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 11-15-2008 11:47 PM

I have to say I was very pleased with how the sapele worked. The wood cut fairly easily and and I was pleased with the texture of the wood. The only real gotcha would be the fact that any figured or wavy grain has a tendency to tear-out on the jointer of planer. This was the first time I took rough stock and jointed and planed the pieces to the final dimensions. Much more work, but I definitely got a much greater sense of satisfaction than I normally do buying, say, S4S oak like I had in the past. The only way I would get any more satisfaction would be to grow and harvest my own wood. I’ll try that in another 10 months or so with a Bradford Pear I planted that blew-down in a storm. It’s cut and drying in my basement.

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