24 February 2014 at 9:20 pm #28288
Today I finished a mirror frame. Here are some specs:
wood: American walnut
Joints: mortices with through tenons
Finish: Sanding sealer (Shellac), waterborne varnish and furniture wax.
The walnut was leftover from a coat rack I made. Of course I don’t have to tell you I didn’t make the mirror, just the frame 🙂
I am very happy with the mortice and tenon joints. The shoulders meet perfectly without gaps. I use Paul’s method and no jig. It’s still a challenge to get the mortices parallell to the surface. This time I won haha.
I do have some questions about applying wax. When Paul puts on the wax he almost instantly starts buffing it out. My wax states to wait 3 or 4 ours before buffing. Is he using a different wax? And what is the real purpose of wax? I think to enrich the wood as it does, but may be there are other advantages.
Anyhow, some pictures are attached.
ps. I see 2 pictures flipped the wrong way. Sorry about that.25 February 2014 at 1:25 am #28298Greg MerrittParticipant
That looks really good Michael. All waxes are little different. Generally you just need to wait for it to haze over before you start buffing. How long you have to wait depends how much thinner vehicle is in your particular brand.
Why use wax? I think it creates a nice tactile feel as well as an even sheen. It also makes the item easy to dust.
http://hillbillydaiku.com25 February 2014 at 7:16 am #28305Steve FollisParticipant
Looks really nice Michael, Congratulations!!
Memphis, Tennessee25 February 2014 at 11:21 am #28309Eddy FlynnParticipant
well done Michael that is a great little project , i wouldn’t use varnish and wax together as the wax wont be able to penetrate the varnish, i would use one or the other, am i wrong on this theory people
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
,25 February 2014 at 12:29 pm #2831025 February 2014 at 1:14 pm #28311DeniseGParticipant
Micheal, the mirror looks terrific. I agree, wax as a final coat seems to work with most all finishes. As Greg said, it really improves the overall look and especially the feel of a finish after a final light sanding. I’ve even used wax on top of a highly buffed out glossy finish.
If you watch the last installment in the coffee table video series, you’ll see that Paul finished the coffee table top exactly as you have finished your mirror.
What is next on your project list?
i'd prefer to make it myself25 February 2014 at 1:58 pm #28312FlorianParticipant
Hey Michael, good job. The mirror will stay in between these joints forever.
“The wax might give a tad bit of a protection but it makes it all nice, and shiny and silky for when the customer picks it up…” (Curtis Buchanan, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8FJlqClVGI)
I enjoy working wood in Germany.25 February 2014 at 3:42 pm #28315Eddy FlynnParticipant
thats the beauty of this forum there is always new things that you learn each visit thanks for the heads up guys
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
,25 February 2014 at 4:17 pm #28319
Thank you for the kind responses.
@Denise: my next project…ouch, too many to choose from. First I will repair a flaw in my coat rack and then I might make some shop furniture and may be a nice table with storage for my daughter, where she can play with “lego” (not sure if the term lego is international).25 February 2014 at 9:03 pm #28322David GillParticipant
Nice mirror Michael My understanding on the finish is that paul only put a coat of varnish on to his table top to protect it from any water or alcohol damage , it is not something he generally does on shellac finished projects, I think it would not have been necessary on your mirror. Shellac followed my a wax polish would be sufficient.
Wigan, Lancs. England :26 February 2014 at 1:57 pm #28339
Thanks David. I’ve used sanding sealer from ubeaut which is shellac based but not pure shellac I think. I feel safer with the protective varnish though. I agree that it might not be neccessary for a mirror frame.27 February 2014 at 6:12 am #28387DaveParticipant
Great project Michael, it is nicely finished.
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