Chippendale Mirror

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Project by kenn posted 377 days ago 980 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a half set of hollows and rounds molding planes from Matt Bickford. While I was waiting on them to be made and be delivered, he taught a class on their use that I attended. Since I knew I wanted to use them on tiger maple, I took a piece along to try. This is the mirror that I made from that board. The profiles were all made by hand with his molding planes. I dyed it dark brown and removed a shaving, then dyed it amber. After assembly, I dyed it with Early American gel stain and applied multiple coats of garnet shellac.

The profiles were cut on the scroll saw so I did kill a few electrons in making the mirror. I had a hard time finding profiles I liked, but in a Fine Woodworking article by Steve Latta, I saw a picture of one that I liked. After enlarging it and some fiddling with the details, I had it. The molding is applied to a half lap sub frame made from cherry.

The pictures are of the mirror and close ups of the corners and one of the molding before cutting the miters. Thanks for checking it out.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 377 days ago

Gorgeous, Kenn!

The processes of dying the wood has really brought out the tiger stripes!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 377 days ago

Kenn: Tood bad you didn’t make it with your planes. But who’s going to be pickey about that.

A beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 377 days ago

This is beautiful Kenn.

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#4 posted 377 days ago


Beautiful wood and wonderful workmanship. An all-around fantastic mirror.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 377 days ago

beautiful. The tiger maple and colouring are super as is your workmanship.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 377 days ago

Beautiful looking project – congrats on an excellent job.

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#7 posted 376 days ago

Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship—outstanding dye job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 376 days ago

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#9 posted 373 days ago

Attractive looking mirror, the tiger maple is stunning with your great finish. Very nice scroll work as well. Great job!

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