|Project by HorizontalMike||posted 03-01-2012 02:26 PM||1540 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This mirror was my Great Great Grandmother’s and I have personally had this for over 40-years, and for the last 30-years or so I could no longer hang it from the wall. The wood from the original frame had deteriorated so much that some of it felt like styrofoam and some had been eaten by a worm infestation. For a few years I would prop it up on a shelf, but for at least 20-years I just kept hauling it across the country and storing it in the garage. Much of the chipping came from that storage on concrete floors, even though I kept it wrapped in cardboard and sheets.
I built the new frame from White Ash to match my other latest project, a Barrister's Bookcase. I tried to keep the gable angle of the mirror frame the same as that on the bookcase and utilized the same Gingerbread as well. Other than that, the rest of the frame was designed as Mission/Art&Crafts in keeping with my other piece.
I thought about just replacing the mirror with “new” but I really enjoy seeing the hard long life this mirror has lived and think that that mirror, with all the pimples and scratches, adds character to the project. The glass is 5/16in beveled glass and the final mirror and frame weigh in at ~35lb.
One of these days I’ll re-glue and refinish the student desk sitting below the mirror. Yes, it is a left handed desk and I cannot remember how many times I had scramble to get one of the few of these in each of my classrooms while going to school in our old 1902 vintage school house. Quite the memories…
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."