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478 Samantha’s Mirror Pt. 1

February 19, 20125 Comments

Today we start a new build project.  We’ve (and by “we” I mean my wife) been in need of a full-length mirror in our bedroom for quite a longtime now.

We (this time I mean “us”) finally purchased one not to long ago and I intended to hang it behind the door in our bedroom.  Even though it’s beveled on the edges it just looked to plain, so we were trying to decide if it should be hidden away in a closet?

It didn’t take very long to think about it, but what we really needed was a nice frame to set it in and mount in position.  So I headed to the basement and decided it was time to break into my stash of aged cherry.

Now that we have the backstory of today’s project, let’s get started building it.  This is a two part build video, starting with the basics of ripping and crosscutting the stock to its dimensions and then moving into “handcut” mortise and tenon joinery.  Then next week we’ll wrap it all up.

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  1. Matthew says:

    Great episode Matt. I like the clean lines of the project and that cherry is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more of the finished product in part 2.

  2. Great episode, thanks Matt!

    Although I am no expert when it comes to hand tools woodworking, I think you clamped the piece onto which you cut the tenon a little too high. This has two disadvantages: 1) the work will move more readily as you saw, and 2) this is not a very comfortable position. Instead, your arm should be able to swing freely. On the video, it almost looks like your forearm is at shoulder height.

    Also, the way you pare the shoulder of the tenon would make David Charlesworth cringe! :) All your fingers should be behind the blade!

    The finished mirror frame looks beautiful. I’m looking forward to watching the next episodes! And thanks again for putting out such great (free!) content for all of us to watch and learn.

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for watching Julien, I have to admit its been a while since I broke out the tenon saw and made some cuts.

      My technique is old and rusty so that probably explains my less than stellar performance lol!

      You’re right, the piece could’ve been lower in the vise. I think this can be a side effect of having the camera in front of you when working on a project. You tend to capture yourself doing things a little off and cringeworthy ;-)

  3. Matt Hartley says:

    This was a great video on the Mortise and Tenon, i very much enjoyed this episode and as Matthew said, can’t wait for episode #2.

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