Stickley Cheval Mirror

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Project by Steve Erwin posted 654 days ago 2203 views 16 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 654 days ago

This is a fantastic especially for you 6th project great job .

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 654 days ago

Beautiful design! A very nice wedding gift. Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 654 days ago

Clean lines, good execution … reflects workmanship!

Thanks for showing your efforts and awaiting #7!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 653 days ago

great looking mirror.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 653 days ago

great mirror what wood did you use?

-- Robert-maine

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#6 posted 653 days ago

@Joebazooka: I did it right this time and went with Quartersawn White Oak for this project, as that’s the standard for Arts & Crafts / Stickley furniture. Finished it with several coats of Bush Oil. I really liked working with QSWO compared to red oak. It feels and smells completely different. Though, admittedly, my wood species experience is pretty minimal:

- red oak
- pine
- poplar
- quartersawn white oak
- cedar
- hem-fir :P
- And I have 1 tiny board of black walnut in my scrap pile.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.

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#7 posted 652 days ago

Very nice work. The girlfriend is wanting one of these and have some time this winter to get it done. Do you have plans on sketch-up or did you buy hard copy? Thanks!

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#8 posted 652 days ago

@Fine: I didn’t have any plans. I did my best to figure out the dimensions from the photo in the Stickley catalog and built the SketchUp model from that. I’ve uploaded this model to the 3D Warehouse for whoever wants it.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.

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