Four Hand Mirrors

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Project by miserybob posted 10-02-2010 09:21 PM 1764 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these mirrors over the course of the past year or so. I just finished the black one today. These 4 mirrors are all prototypes – I’m just trying to perfect the technique and decide if it’s worth it to keep making them! They all have their (sometimes glaring) flaws, but they get better each time.

The brown one is walnut with yellow epoxy, the white one is hard maple with black epoxy, the orange one is (I think) paduak with black epoxy, and the black one is ebonized maple with white epoxy. (That is the order in which they were made, also… you can see them getting more complex as I go…)

All of them are a single piece of 7/8” x 3/4” x (about) 36”- 44” wood that has been kerf-sawn on the table saw so they can be easily bent. They are then clamped down, taped with duct tape and filled by a syringe with colored epoxy. Then it’s over to the router table to round them over and rabbet them for the mirror.

It’s a fun technique, but very time consuming!

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 09:31 PM

Wonderful, they have an Egyptian look to them.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 10:00 PM

Excellent designs…The red and black mirrors look like snakes at first glance.

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 10:02 PM

At first glance I thought you were making Earthworm mirrors! (without the slimy stuff):-) You are right in that it looks like a fun time consuming project!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 10:56 PM

Very neat and interesting idea. This is an example of why I like LJ. You see creative ideas that you would never think of on your own (at least I wouldn’t).

How do you get the glass to fit the space?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 11:52 PM

Definitely thought of a snake with the black one. You did a fantastic job

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 12:00 AM

I really like the “snake” ones!! what an awesome idea! i used to make wiggle sticke on the band saw for kids, but I never thought of doing something like this!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 01:28 AM

Very creative designs and use of T/S. Great job.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 03:07 AM


Those are very cleverly designed. Thanks for sharing your technique.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 03:27 AM

So creative, with such wonderful mirrors – Narcissus are right arround the corner, be carefull!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 10:46 AM

Snakeeey (with a Jim Carrey voice) :D.. I love the work on these, just beautiful, I love em all, but the snake inspired ones are just special and very creative.

-- Jani, a Neanderthal woodworker in Sweden.

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#11 posted 10-03-2010 05:47 PM

Great idea, and a great job. Do you have the mirrors custom cut in that teardrop shape?

-- Tom

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 10:32 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the comments!

For the first mirror, I had a local glass company cut the pattern… but that was prohibitively expensive! For the others, I got some inexpensive mirrors from a hobby store and cut them myself – I have some glass-cutting tools for doing stained glass. They aren’t as perfectly cut as the first one was, but the flaws are hidden in the rabbet.

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