Black Walnut Live Edge Mirror

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Project by Mike posted 08-25-2013 04:59 AM 1601 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week’s project was a mirror made from a piece of black walnut. The way the slab was cut it left a large amount of bark and when planned left the nicest figure. Something different that finished real well. I used a high gloss spray finish, was the best way I could think of to get the finish into the deep crevasses of the bark.

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#1 posted 08-25-2013 05:36 AM

This turned out really well Mike! The shelf on the bottom is a nice touch. How many coats of finish did you use? Thanks for sharing.
PS: Where do you get cut offs like this? and/or how do you cut them to thickness?

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 08-25-2013 10:16 AM

Great design and functional as well.

-- John, Illinois,

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#3 posted 08-25-2013 01:44 PM

This is a beautiful piece. Great addition to any home. Hope you don’t mind I copy it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 08-25-2013 01:55 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 08-25-2013 10:23 PM

Candy, I used 4 coats of finish on the front and 2 on the back. I get slabs like this from a company named thelumbershack they have a web site and also sell on eBay.

The slabs come kiln dried and you pick out the thickness you want. Most of them are to wide for my planner so I use hand planners and a wide variety of hand sanders, from my belt sander to my orbital to get the finished product. I like this company because they take pretty good measurements and give accurate descriptions of the slabs they sell.

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#6 posted 08-25-2013 10:57 PM

Thanks Mike. Always on the lookout for new sources of wood! And they are having a sale right now!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 08-25-2013 11:19 PM

cool looking mirror. The bark looks like flames.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#8 posted 08-28-2013 06:16 PM

Your mirror looks amazing. The walnut is gorgeous and love the bark inclusion and the shelf. Totally an eye catcher, great work!

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