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Project by planeBill posted 12-11-2011 08:15 AM 1913 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project, a new mirror. This one sort of combines Stickleys’ hanging bookshelf, which I built, and a mirror. It is made of qswo, of course, with pegged mortise and through tenons, “shellaquer” finish over a coat of minwax red mahogany stain followed by a coat of minwax dark walnut. The mirror is 20” x 24”.
Definitely more gloss than I was after but all I had was gloss laquer but it still needs rubbed out so…

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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Don Carrier

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 01:48 PM

Very nice. I have 2000bf of qsro and tips on makinging the rays pop?


-- Don

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 07:05 PM

Quarter sawed red oak often has even more character than wo does. What I have been doing is wiping on the first color of stain and immediately wiping it back off, let dry a little and then sand lightly concentrating on the rays themselves, adding the second color, wipe off and sand again. I then let it dry pretty well and then add the finish. I used oil based stains on the mirror frame, which I have never really been a fan of but I didn’t really want to fume this piece, I wanted to try something different to see what color I could come up with. The stain or dye absorbs less into the rays as they are more dense than the surrounding wood. Personally I think I like dyes better.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 02:25 PM

I really like the wood color and the migulary rays glow. great job !!

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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