Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 1


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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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  1. STEVE MASSIE on 4 May 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Great video, this looks like a fun project, good job everyone.


  2. willyd57 on 4 May 2016 at 9:15 pm

    This is an excellent project! I love making furniture type items and, I am a woodcarver. But I have always kept the two skills apart really. When I carve I am usually carving faces, wood spirits and the like. This will be the first time I build something that incorporates carving, I love it.

    Thanks everyone involved for making this video.

  3. garyprott on 5 May 2016 at 1:20 am

    I’m thinking of stained glass rather then the mirror. Hummingbird and a pretty flower. Need to buy another glass router and I’ll be in business

  4. ballinger on 10 May 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I had to laugh when Paul said the joint works every time. I tried making one by guessing and complete inexperience a while ago and I cut the mortice too deep so there wasn’t enough meat left there. When I was driving the joint in, glue and all the wood split on the mortice piece. I didn’t mind though because the wedges did go in and the tenon closed up the dovetailed gaps on the mortice so it was really strong. It was interesting to see that I had got the joint angles right by guessing.

  5. jenewman2 on 11 May 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I’m just starting to build a screen door for my son’s back door, so this lesson is quite timely. Should be a very similar process as the screens will be removable and replaceable with storm glass.

  6. knightlylad on 12 May 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you for the lesson.

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