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    Pocket / purse mirrors

    I completed my first "pocket" mirrors on Friday, getting two from a single 3/4" thickness of scrap. I used double-stick tape to mount the blank to a waste block on a faceplate.

    I misjudged the parting tool placement when I cut the first mirror frame off of the blank, which left me with almost too little thickness for the second one ... after which I inset the second mirror deeper than I intended. In fact, I couldn't bring myself to pull the second piece off of the double-stick tape; I was afraid I would break it. Instead, I parted a thin slice off of the waste block ... and peeled it and then the tape off of the workpiece.

    I wish I knew what kind of wood it is; don't remember where or how I picked it up. The fresh shavings were quite red....

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    Those are very nice. I have not tried them but it looks like I need to add to list.
    Dennis

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    Pretty cool
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    If you wiped the shavings off of your clothes, did they leave almost an orange color? If so, bloodwood possible? Those look great Kerry! Did you buy the mirrors and if so, where?
    Jon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    If you wiped the shavings off of your clothes, did they leave almost an orange color? If so, bloodwood possible? Those look great Kerry! Did you buy the mirrors and if so, where?
    Hmmm ... no residue on my clothes that I remember, but it's true that the shavings weren't actually pure red as in "scarlet"; there was a possibly-orange tint to them.

    It's been a few years, but I believe I got these 2" mirrors (and some 3" ones) at my local Michael's.

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    Nice project and nice job Kerry
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    Nice project, Kerry. From here the wood looks like padauk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    From here the wood looks like padauk.
    Now that you mention it, that's what David Keller thought about a similar piece of wood that I included in his Box Swap package earlier this year.

    Thanks for the "second opinion". - that's good enough for me!

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    Nice little project. They turned out nice.
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    Kerry,

    Nice idea and nice wood. Whatever the wood is, it sure does make great looking mirrors.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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