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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 390 days ago 1182 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just an A&C mirror I made for some friends. I take no credit for the design. I’ve seen many A&C mirrors/picture frames with these elements. It’s definitely A&C, but it has Greene and Greene/Asian influence as well. The mirrors are just 2 store bought 24×30”. Started with those, and just tried to get the the proportions right.

As you can see from my work, I’m really fond of tapered legs/sides and QSWO. I wouldn’t mind switching it up a little but people keep asking for this….so I just give em what they want.

Construction: With flat pieces like this, I like to use different thicknesses of stock to add dimension. This piece has 5/4, 4/4, and 1/2”. All of the joints are pinned mortise and tenon. I use power tools for all the milling and mortise and tenon work. Then I used hand planes for the taper and smoothing. I love NOT using sandpaper.

The finish is dark walnut danish oil and satin lacquer. I was nearly done when I realized I hadn’t tried anything new with this piece(personal rule). So I took the advice of fellow LJ pintodeluxe and rubbed it out with paste wax and steel wool. I find that stuff to be a little finicky, but I like the end result.

Tried to get some decent pics. It’s hard to take good pics of a mirror without looking like the dork in the reflection. Oh well.

I bet my friends will like it. If they don’t, I’ll just keep it;-)

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 390 days ago

Looks great Red. You got some fine QSWO there, the more rays the better in my opinion.

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Brandon

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#2 posted 390 days ago

Beautiful mirror. It really turned out nicely.

Oh and someone needs a tan. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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AnthonyReed

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#3 posted 390 days ago

You do beautiful work BRK. It is very nice.

-- ~Tony

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LukieB

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#4 posted 390 days ago

Damn, Brandon beat me to it, but I’ll give you a hard time too. That as a fine looking mirror…and some pasty white legs : } Seriously though, the mirror looks awesome. Very nice work.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 390 days ago

That is a great looking mirror. I like the curves, and you got the proportions just right.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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BigRedKnothead

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#6 posted 390 days ago

Thanks guys. Ya, ya…I don’t really tan. I just get more freckles. But my grandma always told me they were angel kisses….lol.

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis

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Francois Vigneron

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#7 posted 390 days ago

I’d like my friends to build that for me ! Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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MaroonGoon

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#8 posted 390 days ago

Great job, Red! Very clean and elegant. White oak is one of my favorite trees and the QSWO looks great with this mirror. I’d certainly put that in my house.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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Don W

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#9 posted 390 days ago

it’s all been said, the beautiful work, the QSWO, and of course the pale white.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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widdle

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#10 posted 390 days ago

very nice Red…

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 390 days ago

BRK, real nice work. As for the comment “As you can see from my work, I’m really fond of tapered legs”, i’ve never heard anyone describe their legs that way! The picture of them told the whole story, skinny legs and all.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Douglas

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#12 posted 390 days ago

A classic! Well done. Hard to tell from your pics, but did you route the groove / rabet for the glass after assembly?

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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BigRedKnothead

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#13 posted 390 days ago

Yep Douglas, I did it after.. with this bugger. The different sizes of bearings are very helpful.
I’ve done it both ways, but making the rabbets beforehand means they have to be “stopped,”which just takes more time. You have to chisel out the corners this way, but that’s not a big deal.
Don’t have any pics of that. Here’s one of the m&t’s before smoothing and glue-up.

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis

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Mosquito

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#14 posted 390 days ago

Very nice BRK. I think you’ve got the A&C thing down pat lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 390 days ago

Nice design Red! I love me some white oak.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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