Fresh out of the vacuum press and ready for trimming and soaking off the tape.
Now I have to join and tape up the Elm burr veneer ready for gluing and pressing.
I’ve trimmed off the excess veneer and soaked the veneer tape, then I gave it a quick sand to smooth off the veneer before routering a shallow rebate to take the walnut feather banding. I had to soak the banding in hot water to soften the glue so that I could separate the two halves in order to bend it around the sharp curves at the ends of the ellipse. I then bent and fitted the banding in place, then glued taped and cramped it.
The finished article.
Now I have routered on the moulding using a couple of bearing
guided round over cutters and sanded it up. I then turned over the mirror frame and routered the rebates for the mirror and the back using an arbor with a bearing guided winged cutter and a trimmer cutter.
I’m now steam bending a beading roughly to shape over my kettle. This is to fit in the rebate in the rear of the frame to hold the back in.
The back of the finished mirror with the cock bead holding the back and the mirror in.