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This is the introduction for a free series. Want to watch the whole thing? It is free to do so, you just need to log into the site and you can enjoy this series and many other videos we think you will love.

New projects are always exciting, and this one is no exception, especially because we offer some very distinct options to decorate the work with inlays and carvings. There are several techniques throughout the two types, ranging from layout ideas, shaping, recessing and more, so this offering presents a whole new opportunity for you to master woodworking–and decoratively too.

Please note: We do use glass in this project so please take care when handling.


  1. John on 2 April 2020 at 4:58 pm

    -wow- this looks amazing.
    What a completely different direction and set of skills to learn.
    I’m looking forward to this project.

    thank you Paul-

  2. Craig Medvecky on 2 April 2020 at 11:43 pm

    I am definitely looking forward to learning these new skills!!!

  3. Matthew Moody on 3 April 2020 at 2:29 am

    Lovely, and I’ve already some exotic veneers on hand at the ready!

  4. EmuGuitars on 5 April 2020 at 2:43 am

    Really looking forward to Paul’s inlay techniques!

  5. George Scales on 6 April 2020 at 9:58 pm

    I have made hand mirrors before………. numerous ,in fact. But I used a band saw and hand held power router and jugs for same. I am looking forward to the hand tool techniques. I am hoping to wean myself off poser tools altogether. I learned this hobby backwards. I started with power tools!

  6. James Savage on 7 April 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Fantastic! My two young daughters would love one of these each 🙂

  7. Ian Hemphill on 8 April 2020 at 7:47 am

    I am sooooooo excited to learn some inlay and chip carving techniques, Paul! What an excellent idea for a practical little project that we can really focus on learning some new skills. Thank you for thinking of this. All the best to you and all of your ‘remote’ crew, thank you for managing to keep things moving along. Stay well.

  8. Matt Sims on 8 April 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Having seen the first episode, I’d love to make some of these as giftd… However I’m having trouble finding a source for the mirrors… Any suggestions? (UK based)
    Also, cutting list specifies “any hardwood”… Would pine not be suitable for this, becasue of the spliting?


    • Daniel Smyth on 9 April 2020 at 9:32 am

      also have the same question – any suggestions on where to get mirrors?

      • Austin Conner on 9 April 2020 at 5:13 pm

        We used round craft mirrors under the centerpieces at our wedding a few years ago. They’re approximately the same size as these.

        I believe we ordered them off Amazon as a 12-pack.

        I don’t have an alternative for those wishing to avoid big box sellers.

    • Izzy Berger on 16 April 2020 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Matt,

      Paul says:

      Pine would work just fine, it doesn’t split any more easily than hardwood. I just got the mirrors on eBay. Just look for a 5” diameter mirror.

      Kind Regards,

  9. Wood Club at HRHS on 8 April 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Just wondering where I can get the mirror from?

  10. Matt Sims on 9 April 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve eventually found some, and ordered 3 from a seller on Amazon UK…



  11. ted clawton on 26 April 2020 at 4:19 am

    Thank you very very much for giving us techniques on decoration!

  12. Mahendra Tiwari on 1 May 2020 at 7:50 am

    Hi , I am a hobby wood worker, scrolling , pattern designer. Thank you for your efforts to teach us more of this very relaxing hobby.
    Thank you

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