|Project by mike||posted 08-11-2006 02:26 AM||5573 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
We needed a mirror over the sofa when we decorated our family room. My wife’s theme was metal and wood. The wood part fell to me. We agreed on a design that was published in Woodsmith magazine. I have never really done a veneer project before so the challenge was exciting. The frame is poplar and the main veneer is Carpathian Elm Burl with Tulip wood banding. The corner blocks are Tropical American Mahogany (TAM) with an emblem surrounded by edge face mahogany veneer. Moldings were crafted from TAM using a router table and a round over bit.
Mirror is finished with Danish Tung Oil and 3 coats of a 1lb. cut shellac.
Veneer was attached using a hand operated vacuum pump and plastic bag designed for crafting skateboards.
The mirror is a centerpiece on the sofa wall and always gets noticed by friends and family when they first see it.
Total construction time approx. 40 hrs.
-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com