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Project by NBeener posted 1615 days ago 1337 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Considering this was NOT a particularly difficult piece to build … it SURE took me long enough to do it :-)

This is the one that got banged up by the electricians, and that they—honorably—fixed.

Turns out … they broke the mirror, too (bad luck for them!). I didn’t notice that until last week. They just took a chunk out of one corner, but … luckily … it’s hidden by the frame.

It’s tall.

It’s oak.

It’s a mirror.

It’s awfully heavy !

I used my go-to finish: Watco Danish Oil, in “Natural.”

Two flood coats, brushed on. Each sat for about 30 minutes, before being wiped off.

Let dry overnight.

Then, a coat applied with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper. That gets wiped off, before it gets tacky.

For the moment, LOML says “no shiny stuff,” so … no urethane in its future.

I’ll probably give it a week to “air out,” and then hit it with a couple of coats of paste wax.

Meanwhile … I give to you … [drum roll] .. the Tall Oak Mirror!

Thanks for looking!

-- -- Neil





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patron

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#1 posted 1615 days ago

this looks surprisingly ,

like a , ’ tall oak mirror ’ !

it is very well done ,
and looks nice in it’s setting .

is that you , next to it ?
you might want to comb your hair (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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donjoe

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#2 posted 1615 days ago

Great job. Wonderful piece.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 1615 days ago

.........i am not going to show this to sherie…...........

...don’t you show this to sherie…...........

she would die for this….......so no macho stuff kid…......you know who you are up against…..........

.........................................beware

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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jm82435

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#4 posted 1615 days ago

That is nice. Is it meant to hang on the wall or rest on the floor as it is in the picture?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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grizzman

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#5 posted 1615 days ago

well besides combing your hair…please put your pants on…lol..no wait…the apron please…...i just love the Shirley look with the apron…the mirror is wonderful..it sure makes the area there look great…great job neil…cant wait to see the dresser project start…ill be making little boxes and rinky dink candle thingys..while you tackle the big stuff…....im all washed up…so to me i say happy trails….....lol…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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NBeener

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#6 posted 1615 days ago

Thanks much, All … as always!

David: The dry air of the Rocky Mountains. I’ve tried leave-in conditioner, spray gel, pomade … I just can’t do a THING with it!! :-)

donjoe: Thank you kindly, Sir. Free plans, from About.com. Something about the picture appealed to me. That was before I found out how much a mirror with a bevel costs :-/

Jim Bertelson: I owe you at least that. On the other hand … I could just …. point you toward the free plans—you know—in case you get bored ;-)

jm82435: Excellent question. For the moment, I just needed a fairly ‘clear’ space in which to photograph the thing. I’ll have to find out how LOML wants it. Luckily, if she votes for hanging it, it’s wide enough to secure the hooks to a pair of studs!

Grizz has “Happy Trails” stuck in my head. It’s bad enough having to deal with my usual melange of voices, but … THAT song …. ?!? I’ve been trying to beat it down with Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” but … it’s a tight race!!

How funny, Grizz, about the big vs. little stuff. Well … don’t forget … with MY eyes … little stuff’s just silly :-)

-- -- Neil

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1615 days ago

Thats a nice mirror, Neil.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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stefang

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#8 posted 1615 days ago

Beautiful mirror Neil, it reflects your fine craftsmanship. If you feel you must have (or just want) poly it does come in a matt finish thus overcoming your wife’s objection to a shiny finish.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Vick

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#9 posted 1614 days ago

I’m not one for “shiny” finishes either. Great job!

-- Good energy perpetuates good energy!

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mtkate

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#10 posted 1614 days ago

Definitely a nice and sturdy mirror. For a free plan, it’s awesome.

I also prefer a matte finish.

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lumberdustjohn

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#11 posted 1614 days ago

Nice work Neil.
What kind of joinery did you use on this?

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Rasta

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#12 posted 1613 days ago

Nice project, should compliment any home, ya know wether they’re big or small they all seem to take me longer than I think they should, keep up the great work and thanks for all the advice, I’m going to order my wynn cartridge filter today

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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NBeener

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#13 posted 1613 days ago

Charles: Many thanks, Kind Sir! We’ll be looking forward to the progress on that Morris Chair for your mother—particularly since M&T joinery just got a bit easier for you :-)

Mike: Many thanks to you, too! I’ll have to get some urethane, in the respective gloss levels, and stripe some leftover oak. Maybe the boss will change her mind.

Vick and mtkate: Many thanks! I DID feel pretty good about the up-front investment in the plans :-)

lumberdustjohn: Thank you, too! The plans called for pocket screws, but … I just didn’t see any reason NOT to use dowels, so … dowels it was. We all know that the back is the back, and that it really didn’t matter if the screw holes were there, but …. I was cocky :-)

Rasta: Thank you, Sir! A buddy pretty much mentioned the same thing, about the time they take. He showed me a project—stuck in the back of his garage—that he started over 10yrs ago :-) You’ll love that Wynn cartridge. I hope HF knows that they’ve got a good thing going, with that 2HF DC. I know they’ve changed model numbers at least once. I hope they continue to revise and improve it, but … always carry something like it in their lineup.

Maybe a Jet or a Delta or a Grizzly IS better, but … for me … for now … that HF works just fine!

-- -- Neil

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