I'll try to take some pictures later today, but I'll describe the mirrors in words. They are two pieces of plastic mirrors. You normally buy a sheet of the stuff and cut it to the size you want. It's good if you have someone to go in with you on the stuff because a sheet if much more than you need. I think these are 24" long by maybe 6" high.
Originally Posted by Bill Lantry
You can cut them on the table saw, just keep the material moving so you don't get any melting.
Once you have two pieces, you use packing tape (or whatever) to make a hinge.
Then for their use: Let's say you want to make a 16 piece sunburst. You can lay the two open pieces of mirror on your veneer and look into it. Adjust the angle until you see 16 segments in the mirrors (include the one in front of the mirror in your count). Note: the segment in the rear will be bisected by the hinge and will look like two segments - it's not - it's just one segment. Don't miscount. Then move the mirrors around on the veneer looking for the most interesting pattern. Once you find it, use a pencil to mark the location of the mirrors and that's where you'll cut the veneer.
When you do higher order matches, let's say 8 or more, you really need a mirror set to choose where to cut. It's extremely difficult to visualize what the final piece will look like without using the mirrors.
I'm working on another tutorial for an 8 sided tray and I demonstrate the use of the mirrors in that one. I still have a lot of work to do on that tutorial but you can look at it to see the use of the mirrors.
[Added note: Here's a couple of pictures. The mirrors are 6" by 24" (each) and are hinged with packing tape. See pixs.]
Last edited by Mike Henderson; 06-22-2011 at 09:02 PM.
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