|Project by Lazyman||posted 11-29-2016 02:32 PM||837 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
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.