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Another dozen mirrors ready to go

These mirrors are made from a lot of different woods.
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They look great John, I wonder how you come
up with the shape of the handles? Is it done on
the spur of the moment (i.e. no two the same) or
do you have a set of shapes that you rotate
around? (no pun intended. )

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Mostly I just do what feels good. If I have some thick handle stock I tend to go with the thick bottom on the handle. Thinner stock looks a lot nicer with the double taper. It is much more graceful but not as traditional as the thick bottom. Usually what I do is turn the body. Then I look at the details I used on the body and try to use some form of that for the handle.
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Wow, those are cool. Nice variety of styles and colors. I'll bet you make them look easy, too.

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Mostly I just do what feels good. If I have some thick handle stock I tend to go with the thick bottom on the handle. Thinner stock looks a lot nicer with the double taper. It is much more graceful but not as traditional as the thick bottom. Usually what I do is turn the body. Then I look at the details I used on the body and try to use some form of that for the handle.

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As usual, very nicely done. These must be good sellers for you being you do quite afew of them. Each one is unique. Thanks for showing.

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Very nice. What glue do you use to hold the glass to the wood?
What's the largest diameter of mirror you have done? Do you have any issues with wood movement with the glass?
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I only make 4" mirrors althought I did do one 6". I glue the glass in with clear silicone caulk. I've tried other things but this works perfectly and looks and smells just like the real mirror glue only way less expensive.
I undercut the inside rim of the wood so it is larger than the mirror. The actual mirror opening is just a hair over 4" but the under cut is more like 4 3/16 to 4 1/4. This allows room for the wood to shrink seasonally and not pinch the glass. I used to just make the opening larger but then you have a really large gap between the glass and wood.
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Nice work John,
that's a good lookin' bunch of mirrors. Don't drop 'em.
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Nice job!! That's an idea for me to try someday!!

One good turn deserves another!
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Very nice work. I like the spalted one myself.
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Very nice work John. I'm not able to pick out my favourite. I like them all.

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