Excerpt from 50 Popular Woodworking Projects, Algrove
Publishing Classic Reprint Series, 2005. (Originally published
Either of the mirrors, shown in Figure 49, may be used with
a console table.
These mirror frames may be made of walnut, mahogany, or gumwood.
Careful, accurate workmanship is required in the cutting and
fitting of the joints. A trial assembly, with all dowels in
place, but without the use of glue, should be made to be sure
that the joints are all tight.
A full-sized detail of the leaf design used at the top of A,
Figure 49, is shown at B, Figure 18. This leaf design may be
veined and then stained slightly darker for contrast, or it
may be carved and applied to the frame. The design could also
be carved in low relief directly on the frame.
B, Figure 49, is identical with A with the exception of the
top design. The ornament on this frame is merely a scroll which
has been laid out with a part of the pattern which is shown
full size at B, Figure 18.
C, D, E, F, and G, Figure 49, show a few of the possibilities
in the use of the pattern in B, Figure 18, for producing different
designs. Any of the designs shown at the right of Figure 49
can be used on a mirror frame. Different effects can be produced
with these patterns or parts of the patterns. Additions to the
pattern details also may be made as shown in G, Figure 49. The
use of such patterns will stimulate an appreciation of design
and develop originality. For school use such patterns should
be made of metal. Figure 19 shows how they can be cut with a
coping saw having a metal-cutting blade.
Editor's Note: This is a reprint of a portion of a book originally
published in 1938. It describes what was recommended in accordance
with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it,
please consider this fact.