Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 6

With the mirror frame leveled and sanded, you can apply the finish. Paul applies his shellac, starting in the corners and working into the faces. Once it has set, he goes over the surface with wire wool and then furniture polish, before buffing it out. When finished, the mirror and back can be fitted, and…

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Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 5

The angled cuts on the top of the frame are cut and planed evenly, being careful to avoid tearing out the grain. Then the peak can then put in place and the mitre fitted, making sure the peak is in the correct place, before being drilled and screwed. Paul then cuts and fits some plugs…

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Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 4

We’re ready for the fox wedging of the tenons. Paul cuts the kerf in the tenons, then cuts the wedges, before gluing them up, making sure the joints tighten as they are seated. The peak is cut using a sliding bevel to get the angle for the mitre, as well as bevelling two of the edges for appearance. Then the haunches can be removed and cleaned up.

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Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 3

Before gluing up the frame, Paul lays out for the carving, firstly on card and then onto the top frame piece. He makes use of a pair of compasses to layout the star and a template for the laurel branches. He then carves out the star, being careful to get refined edges that meet cleanly at an even depth. The leaves are cut out using the gouge, being careful to get crisp and precise cuts.

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Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 2

With all the tenons laid out, Paul shows how to cut and fit it to the mortice, showing how to check for and resolve any discrepancy. He saws one cheek and splits another, showing how it lines up with the rebate and how to avoid fracturing the meeting edge.

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Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 1

Paul gets going on the mirror frame, going through stock selection and layout, as well as showing the carved features. The first step is to cut the rebates in the back of the frame to receive the mirror. With that done Paul lays out the mortises and tenons, covering the offset shoulders in detail. He then cuts the mortises using a guide, ensuring to cut accurately to depth and make room for the fox wedged tenon.

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Carved Mirror Frame: Project Info

Paul shows what he does to complete a commission for a mirror. There are a few interesting features to look out for including staggered shoulders on the tenons, fox-wedging and handmade turnbuttons as well as an introduction to decorative carving, including chip carving.

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