Bookmatching Mirror Jig

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Project by Blake posted 12-29-2010 06:44 AM 2833 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this leftover scrap of mirror after cutting the mirror for my Cypress Tree Mirror. I decided to use it as a tool for checking the bookmatching potential of interesting lumber. So I cut out a scrap of plywood that included a handle and a hole to hang it by. I routed the edges of the plywood to soften them and glued on the mirror. I actually use it quite a bit and I end up finding patterns in wood that I would’t even think to bookmatch.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-29-2010 06:54 AM

Excellent idea! Beats trying to find a place not to break a regular mirror in the shop. I’ve got a couple of walnut crotch cuts that need this treatment. I can’t decide how to use them and this would be a big help!! It’s a one shot project. I’ve been putting it off because I can’t find the layout I feel is the best.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 12-29-2010 07:14 AM

Good idea, but I’m both superstitious and clumsy so I’ll look for some nice shiny stainless steel or maybe mylar.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 12-29-2010 07:14 AM

Blake: A cool idea. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-29-2010 07:18 AM

What a ripper idea…great… I love bookmatching…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 12-29-2010 02:49 PM

Nice idea, and fine result – clever.
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 12-29-2010 04:22 PM

Now that is using your head. Great idea!

Happy New Year.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#7 posted 12-29-2010 04:32 PM

Blake, thats a nice job. Happy New Year.

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#8 posted 12-29-2010 06:25 PM

I do the same thing to find the best angle for star patterns in my veneers… I was going to put in a picture, but I just now realized my last assistant never up loaded her pictures I asked her to take for documentation. Thanks for the reminder. (Ugh. I need to find another assistant… if I can afford one again) but I really love the frame you have.. thank you.. over the last year so far you have given me many ideas that I have incorporated into my shop.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#9 posted 12-29-2010 08:09 PM

Great thing to have. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-29-2010 08:13 PM

This is the fairest of them all.

Cool. Thanks Blake,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 12-29-2010 10:48 PM

Blake, a big thanks.

I try doing it in my head, I never thought of this before.

First project in the morning.


-- 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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#12 posted 12-30-2010 11:46 PM

Great idea Blake

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#13 posted 01-14-2011 01:29 AM

In that first picture, the wood grain looks like a dog if you look at it from left to right, I see the eyes, the nose, mouth, and neck.


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