|Project by Steve Erwin||posted 10-13-2012 03:05 PM||3710 views||17 times favorited||8 comments|
My 6th furniture project since I started woodworking.
My best friend was getting married and I told her I wanted to make her something out of wood. She asked for a dressing mirror and we looked through different styles. She ended up preferring this one, which suited me just fine as I’m a fan of the Arts & Crafts style.
This time I did drive the 20 minutes to the Stickley showroom, but they didn’t have one of these in stock. I passed one partially assembled on the factory tour but was only able to grab a few quick photos with my camera. So I measured from photographs and tried to estimate the part dimensions and joinery.
The dovetail spline was my idea and not a very good one. I wasn’t convinced that just gluing the two halves together would be strong enough. As this was my first attempt at a sliding dovetail joint, it didn’t go very well. But in the end this turned out to be my favorite project so far. I really love how this mirror turned out and my friend is really happy with it.
Also, this is the beginning of my aversion to routers. Between the noise, the dust, the tear-out, the bit slipping out of the chuck, the depth stop vibrating loose… It’s completely nerve-racking to get to such a late stage in a project and then to have to turn on a router where one slip could ruin all of your work. Thus began my investigations into hand tool woodworking.
-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.