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An Arts and Crafts style mirror I built for my Dad to add to his house he is building. That way every time he looks in the mirror he can see they guy that ultimately set me on this woodworking path. The frame is QSWO finished in dark walnut Danish oil with a glaze of walnut gel stain and three coats of lacquer. Finally it was rubbed out with steel wool to knock down the shine and make it more “touchable”. Thanks for looking!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda





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CaptainSkully

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#1 posted 03-27-2015 06:52 PM

Awesome! Love it. Thanks for the finish recipe.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 07:16 PM

Well done. I have been cranking out the mirrors lately, and I can tell you that is a nice one. Good level of detail, and the finish looks really nice too.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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jpsexton

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 08:23 PM

Beautiful mirror, very clean lines and design. I love the finish and I’m sure you dad was very grateful for such a fine gift.

-- There is an easy way and a hard way and I always seem choose the hard way. Figure it's the best way to learn.

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 08:59 PM

Great job

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 09:20 PM

Fantastic, what a nice gift

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 10:29 PM

Very nice mirror. I really like the look.

I recently made a mission style mirror for our bathroom that had a grid of rectangles across the top that covered part of the mirror, similar to the way you can see mirror between your frame and grid. The problem was with cleaning this part of the mirror.

My grid had been installed with small brads and was meant to be permanent. I managed to remove it without any damage and reinstalled it using a few magnets from LV. Now it simply pulls out and you can clean the entire mirror before setting it back in.

How is your internal grid installed?

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AandCstyle

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 11:34 PM

woodenwarrior, I hope you don’t mind if I “borrow” your design. That is one fine looking mirror. Thank you for sharing.

loneisle, thanks for the great tip.

-- Art

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 11:59 PM

Man that’s a great looking mirror! I love the A&C style, and love that QSWO. I’m sure your dad is going to love it!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 03-28-2015 12:27 AM



Very nice mirror. I really like the look. I recently made a mission style mirror for our bathroom that had a grid of rectangles across the top that covered part of the mirror, similar to the way you can see mirror between your frame and grid. The problem was with cleaning this part of the mirror.

My grid had been installed with small brads and was meant to be permanent. I managed to remove it without any damage and reinstalled it using a few magnets from LV. Now it simply pulls out and you can clean the entire mirror
before setting it back in.

How is your internal grid installed?

- loneisle

Loneisle,
I use the corner grids on darn near every A&C piece I build…I like to think of it as my signature. I make an interior frame that is mitered at the corners and half lapped where the interior grid connects, this is then braded into the mirror frame itself. Then I use half laps to make the grid. The main frame pieces are all 3/4 in thick, With the grid pieces being 1/2 in thick. This enables me to install the mirror and the backing hardboard behind the grid and easily remove it when it needs to be cleaned while still keeping it flush with the back of the main frame. The angle that it’s viewed at and the mirror reflection gives no indication that it’s thinner than the rest of the frame. I hope that answered your question.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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woodenwarrior

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#10 posted 03-28-2015 12:28 AM

AandCstyle,

By all means, go ahead and use it. I would feel honored if you chose to use my design.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#11 posted 03-28-2015 12:31 AM

Very nicely crafted!

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

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TMH

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#12 posted 03-28-2015 01:24 AM

Beautiful mirror, nice work.

Tom

-- Theo's Grandpa Woodworking

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Alongiron

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#13 posted 03-28-2015 12:13 PM

Everything has been said about it already but I still have to say that your mirror is one of the best that I have seen! It makes your head turn..like a good looking lady..you can not help but look. For us woodworkers, this is a good looking blonde; if I can say that without getting in trouble! You just want to reach out and touch it. The grain on the QSWO just pops out! There is something about this piece that just makes it perfect! Congrats to you on the fine piece and your dad should be proud of the skills that he taught to his son!

Thanks for sharing!

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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loneisle

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#14 posted 03-28-2015 12:24 PM

woodenwarrior, thanks for the grid building info. I love the look of your A&C chimney cupboard in your past projects. The grid idea really provides a interesting and clean detail, I can see why you use it as your A&C signature.

Another tip I would suggest to anyone building a mirror, is be sure you finish the backs of all your frame and grid pieces to the same level as the front surfaces. The reflective surface of the mirror is the back surface of the glass. This causes the rear edges of the frame or grid to be reflected and very visible from the front.

Ask me how I know.

Live and learn.

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nuttree

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#15 posted 03-28-2015 02:05 PM

Well done

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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