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Offline mrFinpgh

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Pier Mirror - beginning
« on: March 14, 2016, 06:17 PM »
Hoping to chronicle this build as it proceeds.  It might go somewhat slowly, since I've got some more painting/tiling/installing to do, along with three more radiator covers to build.

I picked up a large mirror for $10 yesterday -  about 3' wide and 5' tall.   I'd like to try and build a pier-mirror using it.  Living in Pittsburgh, you see a lot of interesting old woodwork and I've gotten some inspiration from there.  The internet has also been a source of lots of ideas. 

Given my lack of proficiency at carving, it will probably not be as ornate as some examples I've seen.

I threw together a couple things in sketchup last night and wanted to get some design feedback to see what I could do to improve the look of it.  I doubt it will be in walnut - I might paint it if I have to mix up a lot of species.  Probably will not apply liberal gold-leafing to it.

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Right now, I think I'm going to need to make the pilasters narrower - if only to fit the space available.  I'm also unsure whether to use rabbeted panel molding or inset.   The rabbeted is a bit more effort to cut, but it pays off with a little more lee-way in terms of fit and some interesting profiles. The inset is a little easier, but not as dramatic.

I'm also not sure how I want to treat the frieze.  Right now, I've just got the one bit of rabbeted panel molding.  I thought it might be interesting to use some onlaid molding.

If I wanted to get really dramatic, I found plaster griffin statues that I could attach to the top of the piece.    [eek]

I plan on putting a hinge on the mantel shelf, so it can function as a small linen chest, since storage is fairly limited in my space.  The baseboard appears to be melting into the floor, but that's unintentional.

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Would love to hear what ideas you guys might offer on how to improve this design before I get into building it.

Thanks,
Adam

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