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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Wall Mirror
« on: April 18, 2017, 10:02 AM »
I built this for a friend to match the vanity I built for him last summer.  His Dad, who's no longer with us, had a tree cutting business back in the day. His Dad was in his late 70's still cutting trees.    My friend would help him on the weekends.  They felled this nice cherry tree in the mid 80's and his Dad told him he should have it milled into boards.  So that's what he did and they were stacked and stickered in his attic for thirty years.

So, he recently bought a nice cottage on a local lake and asked me to build him a vanity for the bathroom, using the cherry.  He like the vanity so much, he wondered if there was anymore wood left, would I make him a mirror to match.

This wood was a dream to work with.  Not a great grade but it was as stable and as dry to cut and mill as balsa wood or Spanish cedar.  It cut like butter.

I used my Domino 500 for the frame joinery and my my new Pro 5 sander for the final sanding.  All wood was hand planed before sanding.  And of course I used my MFT as an assembly table.

I applied 7 or 8 thin coats of General Finishes Arm-R Seal by hand. Rubbing out with 0000 steel wool between coats.

Here's some miscellaneous build photos:

« Last Edit: April 18, 2017, 10:07 AM by Jim Kirkpatrick »

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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Wall Mirror
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 11:17 AM »
Well done! And a nice back story…
Cheers, Bert Vanderveen

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Offline Rob-GB

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Re: Wall Mirror
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 12:28 PM »
Very nice and I agree with Bert, the story behind this project makes it that much better too.

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Offline travisj

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Re: Wall Mirror
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 03:34 PM »
The piece alone is beautiful, but like everyone else had mentioned, the story makes the piece even more special.

Offline Mismarked

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Re: Wall Mirror
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 06:30 PM »
Really nice.  The back story gave me a warm feeling similar to the one I get when I use some old tools that a friend's father gave me before he passed away.  You sure are better at wiping on Arm-R Seal than I am, by the way.

Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Wall Mirror
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 06:41 PM »
Thanks guys.  And I am really happy with the finish.  The trick is very light coats and don't overwork the finish.  Let it dry, then buff out mistakes with steel wool and recoat.  Don't buff out final coat.

His Dad really was an amazing guy.  A true yankee maverick, he could have been in a Norman Rockwell painting.  Some highlights of his life:
  • WWII veteran stationed in western Europe
  • Started a tree cutting business after a heart attack ended his truck driving career at age 56.  Worked as a tree cutter well into his mid-seventies
  • married for 67 years, raised 4 boys in a 1200 sq. ft. home
  • went sky diving on his 80th birthday after he heard George Bush did the same.  Had to lie to the instructor by saying he was under age 65
  • The photo below is him proving he could still do a back flip at age 82

He was an incredible guy.  It makes this wood very special, indeed.  Thanks for looking.

« Last Edit: April 20, 2017, 07:23 AM by Jim Kirkpatrick »

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Wall Mirror
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2017, 06:49 PM »
Nice, Jim!  I know it wouldn't work in this case, but on flat surfaces, I often use Platin 1000 or 2000 at low speed to smooth out the Arm-R-Seal.  Must admit, cherry is my favorite wood by a long shot.   [smile] 
- Willy -

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