An oval hand mirror

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Project by Bob #2 posted 01-19-2009 02:13 AM 4308 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to try one of these for a while now and got the first pattern off the paper in into wood today.
First thing to do is determine how much border you want to encircle the mirror and then cut and accurate pattern of the actual glass to serve as a template for your router inlay kit.

From mirror oval

I sticky back taped the mirror to bandsaw a piece of 1/4”MDF and trimmed it to the shape with a bearing guided router bit.

From mirror oval

Next step was to refine the mirror back template so the oval would line up with the axis of the handle.
Once the recess for the mirror was routed the body could be cut out on the bandsaw and refined

From mirror oval

The thickness sander brought us to the right thickness and refined the surfaces.
From mirror oval
A light skip around the router table witha round over bit and we are starting to see daylight.
From mirror oval

The mirror seems a good fit and the bezel looks relatively even round it.
From mirror oval

here’s the back with the mirror out on the side.
I am contemplating an inlay for the back to kind of dress it up a bit.

From mirror oval

... to be continued.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#1 posted 01-19-2009 02:34 AM

Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-19-2009 03:23 AM

The beauty who will hold that mirror is no doubt loved by the maker.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 01-19-2009 03:55 AM

thanks bob , looks like a fun project to do . your doing a great job on the how to also . did you order the mirror somewhere ,or have it made local ?

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 01-19-2009 04:11 AM

Barryw- Trying to get a head start on Valentines. ;-)

Mr Trim:
The mirror is availalble at lee Valley stores.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 01-19-2009 04:31 AM

Nicely done – the inlay would add a nice touch.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 01-19-2009 06:44 AM

good looking mirror … i made one almost like it out of black cherry about 15 years ago and my wife still uses it everyday.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 01-19-2009 07:47 AM

Nice looking mirror Bob.I think the inlay to dress it up would be a great idea.

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

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#8 posted 01-19-2009 01:25 PM

thanks for the link bob

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#9 posted 01-19-2009 03:52 PM

Great Job Bob. It’s looking nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-19-2009 04:09 PM

Looking good, Bob. From the perspective of a heathen male in the Halls of Beauty, looks like you could use the hook as a back-scratcher.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-19-2009 04:58 PM

Hi Bob;

Be careful not to scare yourself while building this.

Whenever I build something with a mirror in it, I always manage to scare myself! lol


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 01-19-2009 05:28 PM

“looks like you could use the hook as a back-scratcher.”
or… <g> could hang it from your belt!

I had a couple of close calls yesterday do I took off my glasses. ;-)


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 01-20-2009 08:39 AM

Job well done!

-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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