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Project by Dan Krager posted 08-04-2015 07:57 PM 1132 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a little project for a family member. We were at a private museum and I overhead someone say they would sure like to have a mirror like that. Knowing they do not have the resources to even think about a garage sale deal and knowing their long term interest in “old things”, I took two pictures and made this mirror from them. I did change the proportions from nearly square to a Golden Rectangle making it more friendly to modern narrow places. I couldn’t determine from the original, but it might have been a dresser mirror or wash table mirror held by the sides of the mirror. I squared up the back so a replacement mirror would not have difficult custom cuts. The mirror is backed by 1/8th inch Masonite all held in place with a rubber tape quarter round molding whose teeth are pressed into a groove. Very clean and solid.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.





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Jonathan

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 08:15 PM

Dan, great job! Really nice.
Did you carve the top?

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire, www.hopewellwoodwork.com

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 08:16 PM

Dan, you do some amazing work.

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 08:29 PM

Holy smokes, that is amazing looking.

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 09:03 PM

Dan, inquiring minds want to know..did you do the carving? If so, that is mighty impressive work.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#5 posted 08-04-2015 10:17 PM

Yes, this is all from my hand(s). Here is the pre-assembly picture showing how I prepared the blank. It is a 1/2” piece scroll sawn on the bottom edge, then laminated to the top piece, and then the stack was scroll sawn together for a clean, matched outside edge.

The is the original mirror in its context:

The original is poorly made and assembled after carving little pieces that were glued on. And it’s really hard to take good pictures of a mirror!

DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#6 posted 08-04-2015 10:21 PM

Superb bit of craftsmanship Dan. That should be in the family for several generations I think.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 08-04-2015 11:37 PM

That is beautiful! Also, nice carved details. Was that art in the reflection purchased at Disney World? We have one of our last name, kind of looks like that.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 08-04-2015 11:54 PM

Many years ago at a carnival of some sort there was an oriental artist painting these banners in IL. Very fascinating to watch it come together. After watching several, I bought one. it says WELCOME when you see it frontwards.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#9 posted 08-05-2015 01:31 PM

Nicely done, Dan!
An heirloom mirror anyone would love to own!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 08-05-2015 06:04 PM

This is such a beautiful piece and you’ve done a wonderful job on the carving.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 08-06-2015 02:14 PM

You are a man of many talents Dan. That carving is amazing

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#12 posted 08-22-2015 01:29 PM

I can imagine the recipient was stunned with this beautiful gift, Dan. I know I would’ve been. Thank you for the in process image. It makes it a little more attainable (in a much simplified version) to me. Could you explain what a ‘rubber tape quarter round molding whose teeth are pressed into a groove’ is? (If I assume a typo, I’m wrong and miss out on learning something new). Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Dan Krager

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#13 posted 08-22-2015 02:26 PM

Oh she was, Candy. Right after she made the comment my niece was standing beside me when I took the picture and I thought she would put 2 and 2 together. Didn’t. I have a video of her receiving it. I love it when someone cherishes the work put into it.

Thank you John and Charles.

Candy, this should explain clearly. I’ve used this stuff for a very long time and have never understood why anyone would use anything else.
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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#14 posted 08-22-2015 02:43 PM

Crystal clear, Dan. Never knew such existed! Thanks.

-- God bless, Candy

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