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Project by Blake posted 1342 days ago 2495 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! http://www.openarmsphotography.com





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BTKS

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#1 posted 1342 days ago

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.
Thanks.

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

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shipwright

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#2 posted 1342 days ago

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. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Karson

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#3 posted 1342 days ago

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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degoose

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#4 posted 1342 days ago

What a ripper idea…great… I love bookmatching…

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

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mafe

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#5 posted 1342 days ago

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

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

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ghazard

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#6 posted 1342 days ago

Now that is using your head. Great idea!

Happy New Year.

Greg

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1342 days ago

Blake, thats a nice job. Happy New Year.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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EPJartisan

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#8 posted 1342 days ago

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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stefang

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#9 posted 1341 days ago

Great thing to have. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SPalm

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#10 posted 1341 days ago

This is the fairest of them all.

Cool. Thanks Blake,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 1341 days ago

Blake, a big thanks.

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

First project in the morning.

Jamie

-- 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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Kent Shepherd

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#12 posted 1340 days ago

Great idea Blake

Thanks for sharing

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

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KylesWoodworking

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#13 posted 1326 days ago

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.

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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