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Forum topic by Derrek LeRouax posted 08-10-2009 02:13 PM 1042 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Derrek LeRouax

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08-10-2009 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mirror bedroom wood choice question walnut finishing

For months my wife has been complaining that we don’t have a full length mirror in our house. Last night I had a full length mirror (1/4” unframed, no bevel) donated to me from my grandmother who is moving and has no use for it any more. The mirror is ~2’x5’ and will go in our bedroom.

My design problem is wood choice & finish process. Our bedroom furniture is matte black, and our bed is a very dark wrought (SP?) iron, so I would want to go with a wood that compliments this setting. There is not any wood grain in the room currently, so a very heavy wood grained piece would look out of place (my opinion). After looking over the projects posted here, I feel that walnut would be the best way to go, but I have seen a wide variety of finishes put on it causing the ciolor to vary greatly.

My questions:
1. What wood to use?
2. Any suggestions on a finish process?
3. Any words of wisdom for mirror frame construction?

-- Derrek L.


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hObOmOnk

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#1 posted 08-10-2009 02:27 PM

Ebonize…

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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#2 posted 08-10-2009 03:41 PM

If you want to stick with the black, then I would go with painted poplar. You could even dye it black and keep some of the light grain.

If you also have a blacksmith in your area you could do a combo of wood and iron for accents.

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Derrek LeRouax

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#3 posted 08-11-2009 01:59 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I like the idea of trying something new with the ebonizing process, so I might try that. I am trying to stay away from painting, as I want to gain more confidence in my finishing skills. Thanks again.

-- Derrek L.

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