|Project by mauibob||posted 10-02-2012 08:03 PM||1762 views||2 times favorited||16 comments|
Here are two Chippendale-style mirrors that I constructed from a circa 1775 design that I happened to really like.
The first is constructed of figured tiger and Western big leaf maple; the second uses figured African mahogany. The maple mirror uses a more traditional 18th century design with a half-lap subframe, and thick veneer moldings which were shaped on my router table. The mahogany mirror uses thicker, mitered moldings reinforced with miter splines (something not done in 18th century designs to my knowledge).
The “rabbet” for the mirror in the maple design is actually created by the overhang of the shaped molding and the poplar subframe, whereas in the mahogany design the rabbet is actually shaped in the molding material itself.
The “fins” are all cut using 1/4” solid material on the scroll saw, and then further refined and shaped on the oscillating spindle sander. As they are attached long-grain to long-grain to the moldings, and further reinforced with glue blocks from behind, warping is not a problem.
Both mirrors were stained and then finished with about 6 layers of tung oil, finished with hand rubbed paste wax.
—I added a “square” image of the maple mirror since LJ’s web interface displayed only the sides of the mirror in the preview.
-- Bob, Potomac, MD