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Stickley Mirror 66 Reproduction

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Project by gizmodyne posted 03-17-2007 07:58 AM 2217 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas present for my wife. I knocked the joinery and shaping out in a day, the rabbeting and mirror install in another, and then procrastinated on the finish.

I finally ended up dying the piece with water based dye, but too dark. I followed this with shellac, dark brown glaze, more shellac, and then dark wax. The sheen is perfect, but the ray flecks are obscured.

I am still looking for the right arts and crafts finish for quarter sawn white oak.

It is still a pretty nice piece and functions as a mirror.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 03-17-2007 11:42 AM

How lovely! It looks great on that wall – the size looks perfect, making a focal point for the room (as such a beautiful piece should be)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 03-17-2007 01:21 PM

Nice job. You might look up Dusty’s 12 step finishing process for his work. It is around here some where.

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schroeder

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#3 posted 03-17-2007 02:30 PM

Looks great! (have you tried ammonia fuming?)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 03-17-2007 03:42 PM

I have not tried ammonia but I procured a gallon of the good stuff. I have two more pieces to finish: The Roycroft Little Journey’s Table and a large Stickley trestle dining table. I have had them done for over a year but have been experminting with finishing white oak.

I will check out the 12 step finish. Is the first step admitting you have a finishing problem?

-John

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Chip

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#5 posted 03-17-2007 06:28 PM

Great piece. And I really like the way you hung it. I think you said you have a craftmans house and that type of hanging is perfect. It all looks beautiful.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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gizmodyne

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#6 posted 03-26-2007 05:51 AM

Since the walls are plaster in our house you can’t nail. So all of the rooms use picture moulding and wire.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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