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Simple Hall Mirror w/Copper Inlays

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I had some spare time while waiting for glue to dry, etc. so I thought of a use for a small stash of 12” mirror tiles I was given.

Overall the piece is about 15” square, 1” thick.

I wanted to make something with quarter sawn white oak, but alas that isn’t so easy where I live (wink, wink, nudge, nudge Art 8^)

I typically buy flat-sawn 8/4 WO planks at my hardwood source and if I choose carefully, I can get perfect quarter sawn strips, 2” wide. That is what I did here. After milling, they end up closer to 1-3/4” wide. These were cut with the grain exactly perpendicular to the face, next time I’ll try to cut at a bit of a bias to look for more interesting ray flecks.

Construction is simple half lap joints and the beveled ends were done on my auction-nabbed 12” Powermatic 30 disc sander (the first project to involve its use). Much easier/better than trying the chamfers the old way (table saw). Cleaning blade marks off of narrow facets like these is time consuming!

What, if anything, is unique about this mirror is the addition of copper etchings into the corners. I created a slight recess on the rails opposite of the surface cut for the half-lap. The etchings are a Celtic cross and knot.

The pictures don’t really show it, but where I typically try a bit of patina to age the copper, this time I left it bright.

The finish is Mission Brown Transtint dye I had left over, sealed with some satin spray lacquer. I basically applied a heavy coat and then re-sanded the parts. I was trying some techniques I’ve seen to better highlight the QS flecks. Results were so-so.

Quick, fun project. I like that it went together fast and simply so now I can better think of how to use my remaining mirror tiles. Next time I’ll plan a bit better for style and finish.

C&C welcome!





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#1 posted 10-19-2016 05:26 PM

Unique and well done!

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#2 posted 10-20-2016 01:25 PM

Looks good!
I too buy 8/4 plain sawn and rip um at 45 to give me two good faces for my cabinet legs.

-- Doug...

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 01:51 PM

Thanks guys!

Doug, thats a great way to get nice rift sawn faces. You can go one step further by cutting two 45 deg triangles, then gluing the wide faces back together. Instant rift grain on all four faces.

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#4 posted 10-20-2016 09:53 PM

Hey, Splint, you just gotta learn to love mesquite. :D I like your copper inlays. Have you done a tutorial on the process?

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-20-2016 11:33 PM

Bautiful stuff my friend!

-- 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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#6 posted 10-21-2016 02:09 PM



Hey, Splint, you just gotta learn to love mesquite. :D I like your copper inlays. Have you done a tutorial on the process?

- AandCstyle

I do love mesquite! The problem is the local mesquite only grows to about 8” diameter max and is as crooked as a dogs hind leg 8^)

Thanks for reminding me about the tutorial (not! 8^)

I was actually planning to do something about it with this project but got sidetracked. I’m trying to think of something new to build with inlays so that will probably be when it happens.

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#7 posted 10-21-2016 02:10 PM



Bautiful stuff my friend!

- Jerry

Thanks Jerry!

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#8 posted 10-21-2016 04:12 PM

Great frame, I really like the copper accents.
Where do you source the copper parts, or how do you make them?

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

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#9 posted 10-21-2016 04:51 PM



Great frame, I really like the copper accents.
Where do you source the copper parts, or how do you make them?

- pintodeluxe


Thanks Willie!

I make the accents with the same methods for creating printed circuit boards.

I’ve been meaning to do a how-to blog here on the technique. The process is relatively simple and it really adds another path for creative deviations.

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#10 posted 02-02-2017 09:30 PM

The copper inlays and that wood looks perfect.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#11 posted 02-03-2017 02:48 PM

Thanks Bud!

I’m already pondering what form the next one will take.

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#12 posted 03-15-2017 12:30 PM

What a beautiful mirror frame. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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