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post #1 of 10 Old 12-01-2008, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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New hand mirror

This is my latest hand mirror. It was turned for a client who wanted the S on the back. It's cherry. It was router carved and then fine tuned with a couple of carving chisels. I stamped the background with a leather tool.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-01-2008, 08:04 PM
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john Lucas It never ceases to amaze me, just when I think nothing better came be made after seeing the last one, You go and pull a rabbit out of the hat. That is some awesome wood working. My hat is off to you.

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I'll echo Handyman on this one. That is pretty impressive. Nice work!

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Very beautiful mirror John. Excellent work by you as usual. Mitch
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John,
Very nice project. I like the detail on the back.
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I especially like the leather tool stamping work. Very nice work!
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Gave it to the client yesterday. She was thrilled. I've used several things to texture the background, dremel with burs, rounded nails, woodburning, nail set, etc but this tool still leaves the nicest texture.
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Awesome mirror, it looks so dainty. How did you get the stem so small the beads and all... I try something like that I get splinters.
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Just lots of practice. I've made hundreds of mirror handles, and Chistmas ornament finials. I do have to support the middle sections with my fingers when turning because it chatters. The narrow parts are 3/8" or less.
I turn the beads with either the skew or a detail gouge but I used to turn them with just the skew, and you can too. (I'm in a rhyming mood this morning) Use the toe of the skew to cut V cuts to seperate the beads and establish the sides. Then lay the skew on the side shape the beads by scraping. It works great and I did it this way for years until I learned how to cut them instead of scrape. I will still use this method sometimes when duplicating spindles for a client. Quite often I have limited wood when doing these and screwing up isn't an option. I can sneak up on the exact shape this way with no danger.
Another option is the 3 point tool but you really need someone to show you how to use one of those properly to make a really clean easy cut.
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I have Played with the Skew a bit, turn one way and it is great. Turn the other way and it looks like I am still turning the first way... That is only on maybe a dozen or so attempts. People like you and M. Elder and others, make it look so good. I guess after a hundred or so more splinters , I'll get one right.

Oh yea, I triedwhat you said about the laquer on some Red Elm, having the same if not more trouble with it, and it worked.

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