LumberJocks

Simple Jigs and Techniques #7: Veneer Matching Mirrors

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by shipwright posted 06-11-2014 12:55 AM 2630 reads 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Fresh Air Supply Without Breaking the Bank Part 7 of Simple Jigs and Techniques series Part 8: Chevalight »

There’s certainly nothing new about using mirrors to check veneer matches but this week, when I needed to do some matching I had an idea that some of you may want to try. I hate having glass around all the hard steel tools and I hate even more the idea of suffering seven years bad luck for breaking mirrors. (At my age that could be a large percentage of what I’ve got left…...)

So here’s the plan. I decided to try acrylic mirror stock and make half cuts in it to eliminate the need to tape, prop, or just hold the two mirrors while looking at the match. They are way harder to break, can be thrown in a veneer drawer, and I’m not even sure they qualify for a full seven years if you do break them. The pieces are one foot square and cost about $20 ($10 each) here in pricy old Canada. The piece of paper defines the size of one quarter of the veneer area.

Thanks for looking in

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/



15 comments so far

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20759 posts in 3159 days


#1 posted 06-11-2014 01:35 AM

Neat idea, Paul!! I have some of that acrylic mirror around, too!!.............Jim

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

View Napaman's profile

Napaman

5526 posts in 4131 days


#2 posted 06-11-2014 01:51 AM

Great idea. ..lol on the 7 yrs comment…7 yrs would be painful at any age…even those of us just getting to the hilltop…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

View sandhill's profile

sandhill

2128 posts in 3978 days


#3 posted 06-11-2014 02:23 AM

Great tip Paul I will remember that. I see you found the brother to the veneer I found.

View stefang's profile

stefang

15881 posts in 3388 days


#4 posted 06-11-2014 08:32 AM

Great idea Paul, something new to try to find here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View Philip's profile

Philip

1277 posts in 2593 days


#5 posted 06-11-2014 04:12 PM

Looks like a winner Paul

-- I never finish anyth

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

31707 posts in 2920 days


#6 posted 06-11-2014 05:10 PM

Thanks for the tip, Paul.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

View tinnman65's profile

tinnman65

1358 posts in 3468 days


#7 posted 06-11-2014 09:46 PM

How much bad luck do you get for putting those cuts in it? Great idea Paul.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

View sras's profile

sras

4822 posts in 3183 days


#8 posted 06-12-2014 02:39 AM

Great idea! Here’s to 7 years being a very small percentage ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Roger's profile

Roger

20929 posts in 2858 days


#9 posted 06-13-2014 11:57 AM

Appreciate your tips and techniques Paul

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

View Druid's profile

Druid

1782 posts in 2849 days


#10 posted 06-15-2014 06:20 AM

Simply superb, and superbly simple. Great idea.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

View mafe's profile

mafe

11739 posts in 3143 days


#11 posted 06-16-2014 09:04 PM

GR8 Idea, lovely Wood!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View LueyD's profile

LueyD

20 posts in 1491 days


#12 posted 06-19-2014 03:37 PM

Great idea love working with veneers and now I’ll try it with the mirrors

-- LueyD

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

117160 posts in 3631 days


#13 posted 06-19-2014 03:55 PM

Super Idea Paul. I haven’t seen or used acrylic mirror ,how did you cut it ?

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

8006 posts in 2852 days


#14 posted 06-19-2014 04:06 PM

Carefully Jim.
Actually if you are OK with some minor cosmetic chipping you can use almost any table saw or bandsaw. There are special blades and drill bits but if you are careful you can get by fine without them. When we had the Harbour Ferries with all those acrylic windows, I cut an awful lot of it and just used the blades that were in my saws at the time.
A scraper will clean up the edges beautifully.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

117160 posts in 3631 days


#15 posted 06-19-2014 04:08 PM

Thanks Paul

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos wood crafting & woodworking classes

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com