A Mirror for My Wife

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-27-2012 09:32 PM 1651 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we redid he bathroom I took the mirror out. We installed one with different dimensions. The old one though was of excellent quality and just the right size for the bedroom. I decided to do two thing to it as it was just a plain beveled edge mirror without a frame. One, frame it, and two paint a decorative border right on the glass.
The frame is made of hard maple. The sides are fluted with a type of architrave top. The sill at the bottom has a bulge on the left with a bowl shaped depression for rings or when putting in earrings or whatever. The windows, like the one opposite the mirror have fluted sides so the mirror was designed to loosely mimic the windows in the room. The painted design on the glass was done with acrylics meant for glass and porcelain. The design is a simple vine with thin leaves and tiny white blossoms. I kept it simple as the frame is busy enough. Anything too bulky would not have looked good I think. The hand carved heart in the divot at the top is merely an expression that the mirror was made for the love of my life, my wonderful wife. Overall it came out pretty good. Nothing overly fancy but something I wanted to try to see what would develop. I thought about the design for awhile then one day just when out to the shop and made it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 09:39 PM

That is lovely… what is the little shelf on the bottom left?
Whatever it is, I like the detail!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 09:42 PM

beautiful work Dan. those extra detail are sweet.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 09:47 PM

Ellen, it’s described in the text. The bowl shaped sill is for putting in earrings and such. The mirror is in the area of the bedroom where her closet is.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 09:56 PM

Super looking frame nicely done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-27-2012 10:06 PM

Duh… I never saw that little sentence!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 01-27-2012 10:24 PM

Great design from the heart on top to the earing tray on bottom.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-27-2012 11:27 PM

Dan : A great design and build. Some thought went into it other than just making a frame for the mirror.

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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#8 posted 01-28-2012 12:50 AM

Lots of great detail. Very, very nice.
If I may add one note of warning….Please be careful. Overtime you get complacent about placing things on that tray. As I did for 3 years every night I tossed my watch on my mirror tray. One time the toss was a little too hard and I cracked the glass. I know there were several other times I could have boken the glass with similar wild tosses but just got lucky it didn’t break sooner.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 01-28-2012 01:20 AM

dan that is a beautiful piece of work , i love the way you did the indentation on the bottom, the whole piece all flows together, great job..keep up the good work craftsman on the lake…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 01-28-2012 01:21 AM

Beautiful mirror!

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