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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Finishing the Wall Mirror

Yeah - I know - about time!
Been busy - you know - Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans .......J.L.
Nearly there on the wall mirror.
What contrasting timber to use to highlight the corners?
Found a piece of African Blackwood that will serve nicely.

Now this stuff is dense.  To work, it is something like a cross between bakelite and polyethylene.
But - what a beautiful colour.

First item of business was to cut the corner strips.

Eight of these were needed to cover the four corners.  In thin-ish strips like this, the African Blackwood can show brittleness at the ends, so I have cut all of them over length.

Next, the buttons for the corners had to be fabricated using scraps.

After squaring the pieces, the tops are defined and then the plug fashioned underneath them.

I suppose it was my frugal upbringing, but I have a tendency to not throw much away.  All those little offcuts are stored away against future need.  Never know when a little strip or piece of African Blackwood will be needed.

Here is the near finished product - basking in its first coat of lacquer.
A few more coats, sanding between each coat - then final assembly.
Woo Hoo!


  1. I have been reading back through your mirror project - nice one. I might try something like this with narrow strips of oak I've salvaged from a table. You've got some great tools there - love that jointer with the fence.

  2. Thanks Rob.
    One more coat of lacquer and the mirror can be assembled. I enjoy using old tools, and have been putting together my own set for all my working life - adding to them as needed or when opportunity presents.
    That old Stanley number 8 was made about the time my grandfather was born. I am a grandfather myself now - it is old.
    It took me years to find the Stanley jointer fence - there were few available then. Now they seem to come up for sale more frequently.
    Good luck with your own project.

  3. One of the best information about Wall Mirror and wood there, thanks. keep it up.............

    1. I am very glad that you enjoyed it. It was fun to make. Happy woodworking ....