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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 495 days ago 1687 views 12 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is a couple of Mirror Frames in Wyche Elm with some burl
These have become a regular seller and I think you will find a ready
market for this type of item and you get top dollar for them no problem
at all. If I can help anyone with these just ask.
The most difficult part is doing the double rabbit for the mirror and the
backing plate. I’ve come up with a simple offset jig that has made things
a lot easier. It may be worth noting that all the wood for these come from
the firewood pile in most timber yards.
Starting prices go from £150 – £275 or $225 – $395 (don’t hold me to the right
conversion LoL

They do take a good hour to sand and I dry sand to 320 grit They are then finished with
my sloppy finish, it gets in deep and with a final wet 320 grit
oil sanding gives them real depth you can also do the oil sanding with 0000
steel wool, but that can get a bit tricky on the Burl.

Have fun
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





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Schwieb

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#1 posted 495 days ago

Nice Jamie, You must have a good source of the “natural edge” boards. Funny how you can get $200 and up for a relatively simple product like this but would be luck to get that for a handmade chair or small table. I make simple plywood boxes and other “forms” that my wife uses in her soap making classes. I can sell these simple products way faster than a nice cutting board or a turned bowl for way better return of money on the time I spend making them. Go figure!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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stefang

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#2 posted 495 days ago

A real beauty Jamie. I love the natural look and also the way you finished it. You’re a talented man.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 495 days ago

Very neat idea for a frame!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 495 days ago

Very beautiful, Jamie! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 495 days ago

Ken you know what they say about figuring folk out
It can be upsetting when you see some rally talented furniture makers
not getting their prices yet folk forking out high prices for sanded fire wood
There is a chap locally who makes solid oak dining chairs for £70, that is slave
labour.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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GerardoArg1

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#6 posted 495 days ago

Excelent! Nice job. I´like this

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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watermark

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#7 posted 495 days ago

Real nice mate! Do you have a pic of the back side to share?

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 495 days ago

Very nice Jamie, I’ve been wanting to do some wood art deco as well, that looks awesome!

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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redryder

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#9 posted 495 days ago

I’ll bet these would be popular. Rustic and elegant at the same time…........................

-- mike...............

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 495 days ago

I’ll take a picture of the back in the morning
It is dark here time now 00:00
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 495 days ago

It’s great you found a niche. Talking with a friend who makes pens. Someone asked if they could buy one ( custom designed) And they offered less than wood costs?

I hope he likes making chairs?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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BusterB

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#12 posted 495 days ago

Those are some pretty cool frames Jamie… Dont mention slave labor…lol, I am two or three weeks (of course, only working on it on my off days) into finally doing that cedar chest for the mother in law. But on the bright side I finished the fab work on it today. You outta slink over and do the fine sanding and finish work for me…

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Monte Pittman

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#13 posted 495 days ago

I like it. May have to try a couple.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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grizzman

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#14 posted 495 days ago

love these jamie, beautiful wood and great talent..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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deon

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#15 posted 494 days ago

They look great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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