|Project by Mike_D_S||posted 07-13-2016 02:55 AM||705 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This is a piece I did a while back, but never took decent pics. It’s a craftsman style wall mirror from a Woodsmith Shop plan (I think). This was maybe the third or fourth piece I ever made.
The mirror is solid cherry and it had a long history. I actually built this and ruined it during the finishing as I wanted to stain the cherry (blasphemy to some I know, but my wife loves the cherry grain with the darker color) and finish with shellac. Well I basically screwed the shellac up royally and trying to sand back the shellac to level, I got into the stain. So I tied to touch up the stain which made it worse. Repeat a few times until I got so disgusted that I actually just stuck it in a corner and left it for about a year.
With a little more experience under my belt, I pulled it out of the corner and tried again. I stripped off all the decorative bits until I was down to just the frame. Then I sanded all the parts to bare wood and cut some new trim. I finished it again, but this time I finished all the parts prior to assembly and used lacquer for the top coat. Everything turned out well, so I assembled and installed the mirror.
Overall it turned out well and I’m glad that I never succumbed to the urge to just pitch it as it sat in the corner for all that time.
-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......