|Project by reedwood||posted 11-24-2012 03:50 AM||3185 views||3 times favorited||28 comments|
Oak framed Mirror with glass display shelf
I made this simple mirror frame out of scrap 2 1/4” oak colonial casing and a used mirror from a bathroom remodel we did for a client a few years ago.
There is a 1 1/2” x 1/2” oak pc. installed on the back sides and rabbited for the 1/4” maple plywood which is attached with small brass screws. That way you could remove and replace the mirror if needed.
The shelf brackets are made out of 1” x 3/16” aluminum bent in to shape and secured from the back.
The tempered glass shelf is 8” x 36”, 3/8” thick and it’s mounted above my drawing board in my home office.
I have to admit, the shelf was added later and was the perfect solution to a ten year destiny in the making.
Let me explain.
As a remodeler, I’ve become a regular patron at our local Ace Hardware store. The “helpful hardware guys” always recognize me and the manager is quick to offer a 10% discount on tools and Carhart work clothes.
If I have time, I’ll browse the tool aisles and occasionally, the hobby aisle to check out the car model kits.
I don’t buy them anymore but they remind me of my teenage years when I use to build models of hot rods mostly but I also built airplanes, motorcycles, working engines and war ships.
Silly I know…. but they’re still cool to me.
I remember when I helped my 12 year old son build his first model of a 1989 Z28 black Camaro. We painted the motor chevy orange and the exhaust system and sway bars silver. He really enjoyed model building after that.
Now, here’s the thing – For the last ten years, there has been this HUGE box on the top shelf. It was a large scale model of the aircraft carrier, the Enterprise – marked For sale = 89.95
I noticed the large ship model the first time I came in to the brand new Ace hardware because that happened to be the ship I was on when I was just a kid in the Navy, way back in 1977 – 79.
Even so, I thought 89 bucks was a bit steep for a model that I really didn’t need or have room for, so I passed.
So, it sat there for 10 years, way up on the shelf. The picture on the box slowly faded to a light blue from the flourescent lights and every once in a while, I noticed they would dust it and change the angle.
Then one day, I came in to get some nuts and bolts. I was in a hurry so I didn’t have time to browse but, as I walked passed, I couldn’t help glancing down the car model asile.
And There, sticking out from the top shelf, was the large faded box of the USS Enterprise with a bright orange clearance sticker on it – 80% off.
..... as if my ship was calling me back for duty.
Seriously, who else is going to buy this model of American military history?
Who else but a veteran from the ship would give it a home and appreciate it? What are the chances of another veteran from the USS Enterprise, who still likes building models, walking in the door – except me?
So, I brought it home and spent the next several evenings spreading hundreds of familiar ship parts all over the dining room table. It really wasn’t that hard to build but it sure brought back memories of my ship mates and duties while on board.
As a Machinest Mate, during peace time, I helped run and maintain the aircraft elevators and the auxillary steering pumps….. painted gray machinery and read gages is more like it.
That’s me on the right. Look! I had hair once! ha!
We sailed from Alameda to Canada to San Deigo several times but I got out early after finding out I was going to be a dad, a higher calling with no regrets. yet, I missed the trip of a lifetime, the westpak cruise to Australia.
It was a cool experience although, I didn’t fully appreciate it until many years later.
The mirror seemed like a good way to display the model from both sides.
It’s really not in the way mounted above my drawing board and looks pretty cool, I think.
The Enterprise just retired on december 1st. 2012 and I would like to say,
Thank you for all of the training, the memorable experiences and letting me be a part of your history.
I am a better man and I will remember you, CVN-65 USS Enterprise.
-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.