|Project by splintergroup||posted 10-19-2016 04:25 PM||430 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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.