|Project by Birks||posted 04-19-2013 01:17 AM||1725 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
Here is a ambrosia maple floor mirror. The overall dimensions are ~ 58.5” tall x 22.5” wide x 20.5” length of legs. I arrived at this design after several pencil and paper sketches using the relatively small size of the mirror (it was a cheap Walmart mirror in a former life) and the figure in the wormy maple as a guide. This is my first piece of furniture, and I really enjoyed working out my own design and not really following a set of plans.
I initially began this project for practicing frame-and-panel construction and mortise and tenon joinery. The mirror is housed in a haunched mortise and tenon frame with 1/4 ” Baltic birch plywood (slightly larger than the mirror” as backing. The plywood and the mirror fit into a groove and has room for expansion along the width but fits snugly on the top so the mirror doesn’t move around.
The posts are tapered along most of their length (1 5/8” bottom to 3/4” top) on 3 sides using a plywood pattern I made. They are not tapered at the mortises or along the inside of the frame.
The legs and stretcher were also made using templates. The tenons on the four legs and on the stretcher meet within the mortise in a “birdseye” miter pattern.
Please share your thoughts and criticisms. I think wood choice is a bit unusual, but I think it worked out in the end.