The Victorian Mirror

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Project by groovy_man_6 posted 11-08-2010 03:11 AM 2017 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Who has been to Brimfield, MA? Well if you have, you’ll know there’s a HUGE (and I mean HUGE) antique fair there 3-times a year… One time we were there, my lady-friend fell in love with these mirrors that were framed with old tin ceiling tiles—GREAT, so we’re like, “how much?”—- they’re like, ”$800, $1000”

ummm.. no

So I decided to make her one for her birthday last year—I bought some old reclaimed tin ceiling tiles from someone on Ebay—scraped the toxic lead paint off them for like 5 hours (with a respirator of course) and then got down to business.

It was one of the harder projects actually because I had to come up with the construction details and design from scratch (see drawing), but I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s SOLID, weighs about ~80 lbs, and should last many years to come. The paint distressing took some research and practice. Thanks to Eli Cleveland/Tommy MacDonald for inspiring me to try more hand-tool work on the outer frame which made the 45 deg. joints come out almost perfectly!

The lady friend LOVES it. ;-)

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 02:55 PM

Great job but it looks very heavy to hang on a wall ?
How many hours did it take?

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 04:10 PM

Hi GMman, it doesn’t hang on the wall, too heavy.. floor standing..

I would say it took about 50-60 hours or so.. it was a long build

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 11:11 PM


Great job on the design and the finish. I appreciate the shout out, but you did the great work. You’re building an awesome variety of stuff, although nothing trumps the spanking bench. Keep it up. I can’t wait to see what’s next.


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