Here I’m deep cutting some of the excess thickness off the board.
I’ve made a couple of templates for the shapes that will make up the mirror frame. I then
marked out the shapes on the elm boards, cut them out on the bandsaw and shaped them on the spindle moulder using the templates. Next I planed all the joints to fit using a block plane, then drilled and doweled all the joints
I planed the off cuts and some other elm down to 5/16 of an inch which I then shaped to fit the mirror frame with the joints halfway between the frame joints.
I’ve angled the joints in order to try to stop them showing through the top burr veneer. I glue and tape the joints in place first with a piece of polythene underneath to stop them sticking to the frame
When the joints were set I glued them to the frame and pressed them in a vacuum press. I then repeated this for the other side.
I trimmed the laminates using the router and then cut out the veneer, taped the joints and glued and pressed it to the mirror frame. I then repeated this on the other side.
This is my latest project. It is an elliptical elm mirror with burr elm veneer and a walnut feather banding. I’ve drawn the mirror out full size on a sheet of M.D.F. but it is unfortunately a bit faint and difficult to see in this photograph.
These are a couple of the pieces of elm that I am using in this project. Below I’m cutting one of the pieces on the bandsaw and you can see that the timber has moved a little where it is cut due to stresses in the timber.