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Project by Lazyman posted 11-29-2016 02:32 PM 1562 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was inspired by a mirror we saw in a store that was way too expensive so I offered to make it for mother’s day. It took a while to find an appropriate mirror on Craig’s List so I didn’t start working on it until October. The frame is 40”x40” and 4” deep and the mirror diameter is 31”. The body of the frame is made from 1/2” plywood and the inside curve is built up with with small arcs cut from 3/4” plywood.

I wanted to use a walnut veneer to add an interesting grain pattern and after some research and advice from fellow lumberjocks (special thanks to shipwright), I decided that hammer veneering with hot hide glue was the best way to apply it. I also used HHG to construct the entire frame. I blogged about my HHG experiences while building and applying the veneer here if you are interested. The front has no joints with right angles making the veneer layout pretty challenging for a first foray into hammer veneering but I cannot imagine trying this layout with any other veneer technique. Applying the veneer to the inside curve was also pretty interesting. The process of hammer veneering is very gratifying and overall the hot hide glue is a great addition to the shop. I will still use PVA but I highly recommend using HHG for large glue ups and veneer.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 11-29-2016 02:51 PM

Very nice.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 11-29-2016 03:40 PM

That’s a very impressive mirror frame. Nice job.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 03:44 PM

I smiled when I spotted this post.
Very well done Nathan. Hammer veneering is a great technique but it does have a steep learning curve. To pick something like this as a first attempt is ambitious to say the least but you have prevailed and the finished product is beautiful. I am happy to have been able to help a little.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 11-29-2016 07:14 PM

Interesting and unique shape. I like that massive design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-29-2016 07:27 PM

This mirror is very creative and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 11-29-2016 11:27 PM

Very cool mirror!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 11-30-2016 12:44 AM

I love it! great job!

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#8 posted 11-30-2016 01:18 PM

Cool! Veneering is something that I can imagine going very poorly if you’re not prepared. Never attempted it. Yours looks great though!

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#9 posted 11-30-2016 05:44 PM

Very beautiful.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 11-30-2016 09:48 PM

Good job, good looking project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 12-01-2016 04:34 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. I have to say that now that it is up on the wall, I am really enjoying the way the figure in the grain of the veneer changes are you walk by it. With all of the odd angles, every steps gives you a different look. I am already thinking about other projects that I can use up the remaining veneer.

I also can’t say enough good things about the Tried and True varnish oil that I used to finish it. It really brought out the figure in the grain. It takes a little patience waiting for it to cure in the cooler weather but it was worth the wait.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 12-06-2016 07:22 PM

Very impressive. Looks like a complicated project. (at least for my abilities)
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#13 posted 02-21-2017 03:15 AM

Very nicely done! Mom has to love it!

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