I have two mirrors to install over a vanity. From the picture, you can see where one will go (above the sink) and to the right is a glass-bloc window that pretty much lets in indirect light all day (it was 1 am when I snapped this though). In this entry, I'm going to describe how I designed the profile as well as how I made it using power tools and hand tools. Likely some nose picking too, but we'll skip that.
- Use walnut for the close color, but let the grain show for interest.
- Use a cove to work with the coopered doors.
- Use fluting or beading to match the stile profile.
So, now that you've seen the resulting profile, how to make it (this is just like high-school calculus! start with the answer and work backwards!)
Bridge City Toolworks HP6v2 Multi-Plane. This plane has interchangeable irons and soles to give a number of profiles including the multi-bead I'll use here. (I have a more detailed introduction to this plane here.) The iron is a little under an inch wide and happens to be just the right size for the side of my profile. If I needed a wider swath of multi-beads, I could scoot the plane over and use a couple beads from the previous passes to anchor the fence and complete the cut.
Next up will be finishing the molding (dye, stain, finish) then assembling it into the mirror frames.