Large mission style wall mirror
. I have built this "arts and crafts" wall mirror
again using the traditional methods of the early artisans. They glued the rails and stiles together using mortise and tenon joinery. You can see in the unstained photo that my tenons ( the tongue) is a perfect fit into the mortise ( the slotted hole). I am proud of this glue joint, as it is a joint that will last a lifetime.
The wood I have used is called quarter-sawn white oak. A fabulous wood with great tiger striping or flecking. The frame of the mirror measures: about 13" by 32". The mirror itself is 1/4" thick.
After sanding the frame to 220 grit sandpaper I hand-rubbed on several coats of a Minwax English Chestnut #233. Then I sprayed on several coats of satin shellac, sanding lightly between coats. This gives it a jade like smooth finish that really makes the grain pop out.
This is a terrific piece that is built here at Mission Style Mirrors and is sure to become a family heirloom.