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Chiefwoodworker

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11-24-2009 05:25 PM

My wife and I built six of these Chippendale mirrors as Christmas gifts to our kids. They are a reproduction of an original passed down in her family. Now the original has offspring that will be passed down in our family.

The uneven coloration is due to the use of mineral spirits to check for glue spots, but it also give you an idea of how pronounced the tiger maple will look when finished.

One mirror is framed in cherry with tiger maple scroll work. The other is all tiger maple. I have written three blog articles on the crafting of these mirrors. If you are interested go to http://www.srww.com/blog/?tag=chippendale . The first article is on the bottom (scroll down) and the last one on the top.

-- Joe.....


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#1 posted 11-25-2009 05:07 AM

Beautiful work Joe. The tiger maple really enhances the look of the mirror. I hope to make one and use some mahogany crotch veneer. Your work is wonderful and it will help me to make mine sooner. Thanks for posting the work and BTW your shop is neat too. Great job on the hand tool cabinet, especially the way you designed your storage of hand planes.

I almost forgot to ask you about the type of mirror glass you use. Is there anything special about the mirror glass such as a bevel edge, etc. or a recommended source?

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Peace,
Jim

www.chairsbypaulson.com

-- www.blackswampwindsors.com

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 08:16 AM

Joe those frames are awesome and I’m sure are heirlooms in the making.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 03:19 PM

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the compliments. I visited your site and am extremely impressed with your chairs. It’s an area of woodworking I have never ventured into but hope to work up the courage some day. And I love the hand powered lathe.

Mahogany crotch veneer would be an excellent choice. I am using two mirror types. One is 1/4” thick and beveled 1” in and down to 1/8” along the edges. The other is simply 1/8” flat. The mirror design will take either but the holding pieces are a little different. If you use Google SketchUp (a 3D drawing package) I have free plans for this mirror on my website. Go to http://www.srww.com/sketchup-furniture-plans.htm and it is at the bottom of the list.

As I built these mirrors I changed the design somewhat and haven’t had a chance to update the SketchUp plans. One change was the picture frame. I used two router bits to make mine. The one in the drawing would require a number of bits I didn’t have. Secondly, I used the reinforcement technique I wrote about in my blog.

Send me a picture if you build one. I would like to see it in mahogany crotch veneer. My email address is jpz@srww.com.

-- Joe.....

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 03:20 PM

Thanks bruc101.

-- Joe.....

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 07:31 PM

Joe,

I appreciate the additional information and the compliment on the Windsor chairs. I’ll be happy to let you know when I finish a mirror too.

Best wishes,
Jim

www.chairsbypaulson.com

-- www.blackswampwindsors.com

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