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wdkits1

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10-13-2009 10:32 PM

When you do custom woodworking you sometimes get asked to do some pretty strange things, which makes it kinda exciting. I was asked by a client if I did any carving. He explained that he had put up a mirror over his bar and was afraid that it was a little top heavy and probably needed extra support but wanted something artistic to accent the figure that was present on the frame. What he wanted was a set of carved hands that would attach to the wall and overlap the frame. This is what I came up with.
I used the size of my own hands as a template and used royal paulownia as the wood as it is lightweight but strong and cuts and carves easily.

These are the hands in place but not stained.

This is the finished product.

I normally don’t do much carving but this was really fun to do.Here’s a pic of the room where THE MONSTER MIRROR is

-- Mike --http://www.custommade.com/by/mikemathieu/


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Roper

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 10:45 PM

that is a really cool idea, the carvings are great and with the finish they match the piece perfectly. nice job.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 10:45 PM

I love it! Nice work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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cstrang

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 10:58 PM

Very nice, they really match well

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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depictureboy

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 10:59 PM

MAN! that is soo cool!

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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Rustic

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 11:04 PM

ditto on the coolness of the design

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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cabinetmaster

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 11:12 PM

Really makes the mirror look nice. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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SCOTSMAN

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 11:16 PM

Wow this is a new one to me great work. It looks quaint though LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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SteveMI

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#8 posted 10-13-2009 11:25 PM

The hands add a lot to the whole piece. You are almost curious to look at it from the side to see if a torso is back there.

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 10-14-2009 12:27 AM

Very clever!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 10-14-2009 03:05 AM

So cool

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#11 posted 10-14-2009 03:18 AM

LOL, that’s great!

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 10-14-2009 03:38 AM

fun stuff . good one

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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huff

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#13 posted 10-15-2009 02:30 AM

Mike, what a cool project. When I first saw the hands and you stated you used your own hand to model after, I thought, boy you have weird fingernails! LOL. Then I saw the mirror, what a perfect design. Great stuff!

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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kolwdwrkr

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#14 posted 10-15-2009 05:52 AM

Where’s his feet? LOL, Nice work, and fun commission. We all need more clients like that.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 10-15-2009 06:24 AM

Looks like a fun challenge.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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