Cheval Mirror

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Project by handi posted 08-19-2007 07:40 PM 1761 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was another gift for my wife, Christmas 2004.

Now that I finally got a decent picture, figured I’d post it.

The design is a replica of a huge antique hall mirror that we bought at auction. I made a custom knife for my Woodmaster to replicate the frame profile (slightly scaled down) and carved the rosettes on the corner blocks.

Mahogany is the main wood, the connecting blocks at the base of the frame are Jatoba since there are 4 mortices in each one, I wanted something stronger. I was able to apply a very light stain that made it all look like the same wood.

Even though it looks fragile, it has survived being shipped from New Hampshire to the Virgin Islands and then to Tennessee without damage.


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#1 posted 08-19-2007 08:13 PM

very nice…great work…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 08-19-2007 10:41 PM

good stuff, man

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-20-2007 03:18 PM

holy moly.
Oh wives out there—- see what you can get from a woodworker spouse??? !!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 08-20-2007 03:23 PM

Very nice Mirror. Did you grind the knives yourself for the Woodmaster or have them made. I’ve made a few for my Bellsaw planer.

-- 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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#5 posted 08-20-2007 03:57 PM

Karson, I grind my own knives. I own a Veil knife grinder. But I’ve also had Woodmaster make my knives for me. They do excellent work, you can just e-mail a .dxf to them.

Thanks all for the nice responses.


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#6 posted 12-30-2011 04:54 PM

Nice piece, it does look delicate but you stated strong enough that the movers couldn’t hurt it! I like the corners, are they rosettes or inlays? Maybe a close-up would show more clearly.
-Your bride must be pleased

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#7 posted 12-30-2011 05:21 PM

I added a pic I have of the medallion from the original mirror that I built this one to match.

In the original mirror, the medallion is carved from the corner block, for the mirror here, I carved the medallions and added them to the corner blocks.



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